Fitchburg, MA --- Freshman Christopher Murray (Canton, MA) notched the game winning goal and sophomore Michael DeMarco (Staten Island, NY) was strong in net in the second half to propel the WPI men's soccer team to a hard-earned 2-1 road win Wednesday night at Fitchburg State. The victory moves the Engineers to 6-1 on the season and is their fifth one-goal victory of the season.
WPI, recently ranked tenth in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) New England Top 10, dominated the first half of play, maintaining possession for much of the frame and posting an 11-3 advantage in shots. Despite the time of possession margin for WPI, Fitchburg State carried a 1-1 tie into the locker room. The Engineers got on the board first with Chris Ciampa's (Danvers, MA) fifth goal of the season, but the Falcons knotted the score in the 42nd minute as Stephen Luna (Durham, NH) connected for his second marker of the year with a feed from Carmen Bordonaro (Saugus, MA).
In the second half, the tempo of the contest increased with both teams combining for 20 shots throughout the stanza. WPI regained its lead in the 69th minute of the match as Murray registered for the eventual game-winning marker with an assist from Jason Hopkins (Mendon, MA).
Down the stretch, the Falcons created ample opportunities to knot the score, including Bordonaro's on-target attempt in the 81st minute and freshman Joshua Hofer's (Manchester, N.H./Manchester) shot-on-goal in the 88th minute. But, the Engineer defense stood strong however as DeMarco picked up his first collegiate victory with five, second-half saves.
For the contest, WPI out-shot Fitchburg State, 24-10, while posting an 8-3 advantage in corner kicks. Senior Evan DeAmicis (Townsend, MA) went the distance for the Falcons in net, totaling nine saves on the evening.
Fitchburg State (1-5-1) returns to action on Saturday as it visits Westfield State University at noon. WPI will be in action on Saturday as it visits Coast Guard at 1pm in a NEWMAC matchup.
Release courtesy Fitchburg State Sports Information