Buzzards Bay, MA --- Goals by freshman Frank Ciliberto (Spencerport, NY) and junior Matt Farrell (Groveland, MA) in the final 13:05 of action lifted WPI to a 2-0 season-opening non-league college men's soccer victory over Massachusetts Maritime Tuesday evening at Clean Harbors Stadium.
Ciliberto's first collegiate goal in the 77th minute gave the visiting Engineers (1-0) the only tally they would need, as he streaked in from the left side to break the deadlock. Farrell provided an insurance marker for WPI with 26 seconds remaining, as his inaugural tally of the season from 15 yards out closed out the scoring. The Engineers had a golden opportunity to take the lead in the 22nd minute of action, as following a red card the visitors were awarded a penalty kick, but senior Kurt Naugler's (Westford, MA) attempt went wide to keep the contest scoreless into the waning minutes of play.
Sophomore Connor Hoeckele (Granby, CT) picked up the shutout victory in goal with a pair of saves for WPI, while sophomore Mike Pruchnik (Rochester, MA) made four stops over the final 68-plus minutes of play in the setback for the host Buccaneers (0-1), including a point blank save on Ciliberto in the closing seconds of the first half and a pair of stops on Farrell 10 minutes after intermission. Junior Joe Cohen (Plymouth, MA) made three saves in the opening 21-plus minutes for Massachusetts Maritime, as WPI outshot the hosts by a 16-2 margin (10-2 on goal) and took all four corner kicks.
"I probably don't say this enough but myself and the coaching staff were very pleased with the effort from the boys tonight," commented head coach Brian Kelley. "We played a very determined and well coached Mass Maritime team and we found a way to win a long way from home. Excellent contributions from the bench with Frank Ciliberto securing the first goal of the year and his first as a college player. Ryan Stokes and Pav Christidis were also important contributors. Rochester, NY was well represented tonight."
Both teams square off with Becker in their next scheduled non-league contests, as Massachusetts Maritime heads to Leicester, Mass. tomorrow afternoon to take on the Hawks at 4pm. WPI faces Becker in opening round play of the Worcester City Tournament on Friday afternoon at Worcester State's Coughlin Field beginning at 4pm.
Release Courtesy Mass Maritime Sports Information