Leicester, MA --- Eric Crevoiserat (Glastonbury, CT) and Seth McClenahan (Rhinebeck, NY) each netted a pair and Tournament MVP Sam Russell (Glastonbury, CT) was among four other goal scorers as WPI blanked host Becker to claim the 2014 Worcester City Men's Soccer Tournament. With the victory, the Engineers are 2-0 on the young season while the Hawks slide to 0-2.
The tournament title is the fourth straight for WPI (including sharing the title a year ago with Clark) and the fifth in the last six years. The Crimson and Gray are 12-1-1 since the tournament returned in 2008 and have a 12-game unbeaten streak, which includes 10 shutouts.
WPI jumped on the board just 53 seconds into regulation on an own goal. Crevoiserat later netted back to back goals, one coming on a penalty kick to give the Engineers an early 3-0 lead. Russell put the Crimson and Gray in front 4-0 on an assist from Anthony Vigliotta (Beverly, MA). Vigliotta tallied his first collegiate goal with 1:27 remaining in the first half to put WPI ahead 5-0.
McLenahan gave WPI a 6-0 lead in the 53rd minute when he ripped a shot into the bottom right corner on an indirect kick. Senior Tom Meagher (Acton, MA) and sophomore Matt Farrell (Groveland, MA) added their first goals of the season, before McLenahan completed the scoring with his fifth point of day to make the final score 9-0.
Michael DeMarco (Staten Island, NY), Jordan Finzel (Northport, NY), Chris Xavier (Essex, MA) combined on the clean sheet for WPI. DeMarco played the first half, picking up a save while earning the win and Finzel and Xavier split the second stanza. Karl Cameron (Jacsonville, FL.) recorded four saves in the opening 45 minutes for the Hawks while Jacob Feltman (Griffin, GA.) made fourth stops in the second, including thwarting a breakaway in 74th minute.
Earlier in the day Worcester State used a goal by Evan Anderson (Webster, MA) in the 25th minute off a nifty pass from Alfred Sogja (Shkoder, Albania) to defeat Clark 1-0. Tim Schmidt (Southwick, MA) stopped all four shots he saw in his first career shutout for the Lancers while freshman Connor Mcguire (Dunstable, MA) collected two saves in the tough luck setback for the Cougars.
Becker returns to action on Wednesday at Mass Maritime while WPI is off until Saturday when it travels to Framingham for a 1pm match.
Portions of releases courtesy Becker Sports Information
Photo credits belong to Adam Epstein
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