Pair of Long Goals Dooms Men's Soccer Against Mass Maritime

Kyle Powers

Worcester, MA --- Massachusetts Maritime received goals by Adam Vieira (New Bedford, MA) and Adam Rabesa (Falmouth, MA) as the Buccaneers rallied to defeat host WPI 2-1 in a non-conference men's soccer matchup played Wednesday evening at a rainy Alumni Field.  

The victory snapped a three-game skid for the Bucs, who improved to 2-10 on the season.  WPI is now 8-5 and has dropped its last four contests with the last three being one-goal defeats. 

Kyle Powers (Hamilton, NJ) got the Engineers on the board early when he received a flick from Chris Ciampa (Danvers, MA) following a corner kick and headed the ball in the net for his first goal of the season at 7:45. 

Mass Maritime, who was going against a stiff wind in the first half, notched the equalizer just 5:05 before intermission when Vieira buried a direct kick from over 30 yards out for his first marker of 2011. 

With the win at their backs in the second stanza, the Bucs posted what proved to be the game-winner in the 66th minute when Rabesa stole the ball in the WPI defensive end and fired a rocket just over the goalie's outstretched arms from about 25 yards away. 

Anthony Cicchetti (Mansfield, MA) accounted for WPI's last two shots on goal the rest of the  night but was denied both times by MMA netminder Brent Young (Falmouth, MA).  The game ended with a ball played into the Buccaneers box in the final ten seconds but the visitors were able clear the ball out of harm's way.  

Young ended the game with eight saves while his WPI counterpart, Jeff Wong (Millington, MA), was credited with seven stops.  

The host Engineers held a slight 17-15 advantage in shots and attempt six of the game's eight corner kicks.  The Crimson and Gray was stymied by 11 offsides whistles on the night. 

WPI closes out the home portion of its 2011 regular season schedule on Saturday, hosting regionally-ranked Springfield at 1:30pm.  Mass Maritime is back in action on Friday, entertaining MASCAC foe Bridgewater State at 6pm.