Late Rally by Westfield State Sinks Men's Soccer

Kevin Ducharme

Worcester, MA --- Tim Parsons (Buzzards Bay, MA) and Kyle Yelin (Southwick, MA) each registered second half goals to help regionally-ranked Westfield State rally to defeat host WPI 2-1 in a non conference men's soccer game played Wednesday evening at a rainy Alumni Field.  

The Owls, ranked 10th in the latest NCAA Division III New England regional rankings, have now won seven straight and are 13-3 on the season.  WPI slips to 5-9-1 overall.  

WPI began the night's scoring in the 15th minute when Kevin Ducharme (Bedford, NH) knocked home a corner kick by Mike Ford (Whitman, MA) for his third goal of the season.    

Phil Cimino (Newton, MA) had the best attempt for the Owls in the 35th minute but was denied by Engineer keeper Kirk Dragsbaek (Sherborn, MA).  Ducharme nearly doubled the WPI advantage right before halftime but had his scoring bid cleared off the line by Bill Reagan (Oak Bluffs, MA).  

Westfield would find the back of the net when Parsons snuck the equalizer by Dragsbaek off a feed from Justin Laliberte (Easthampton, MA) at 52:15 for his seventh marker of the year.

WPI would see a pair of great opportunities in the 57th minute when a header by Chris Savoia (Pembroke, MA) was blocked by a defender and seconds later Matthew Wzorek's (Southwick, MA) shot was stopped by the Owl netminder Jeff Pepoli (Ashburnham, MA).

With just over 25 minutes left in the match, Kyle Yelin (Southwick, MA) booted a laser from 20 yards out on a free kick to put the Owls ahead at 64:41.  The goal was Yelin's fourth of the fall.

Pepoli registered seven saves en route to picking up the win in net while Dragsbaek made a stop in each half. The Engineers had an 15-8 advantage in shots and took six of the evening's eight corners.

WPI closes out its 2010 slate on Saturday at home with a 11am matchup versus Coast Guard.  Westfield State heads to Framingham State for a noon contest.  A win or tie versus the Rams gives the Owls the outright MASCAC regular season title and the top seed in the upcoming postseason tournament.


Story by Mark Therrien - WPI Athletics