North Adams, MA --- Sophomore Brendan Nemes (Kingston, MA) netted goals in the 11th and 81st minutes as WPI opened the CIAO Men's Soccer Classic with a 2-0 shutout of Union. The Engineers will close the tournament tomorrow at 2pm against host MCLA, a 3-1 loser Saturday to UMass Dartmouth in the tournament's second match of the day.
Nemes dented the scoring column at the 10:40 mark when he shot a laser from about thirty yards away that beat Union goalie John Weitzman (Armonk, NY) in the right corner just under the crossbar. WPI controlled most of the play in the first half, but didn't put much of an attack on goal, in fact; the teams only put three shots on goal between them in the first half.
Union opened up its game in the second half and was pressing for the equalizer from the mid-point of the half on. WPI was opportunistic however; in the eighty-first minute Brien Hard (New Hartford, CT) sent a ball into the box from about forty-five yards out; the ball got over the Union defense and Nemes collected the pass and deposited it in the back of the net for a 2-0 lead.
The game would end by the same score as WPI moves to 5-0 on the season. Connor Hoeckele (Granby, CT) made three stops to earn the win for the Engineers. Union suffers their first defeat of the season and is now 2-1-1. Weitzman took the defeat for the Dutchmen. Carl Faber (Centereach, NY) had five shots on goal for Union while Nemes, Kurt Naugler (Westford, MA) and Chris Murray (Canton, MA) all registered multiple shots for WPI.
"We beat a good solid team today in Union and they are from a very strong conference," remarked WPI head coach Brian Kelley. "It was a solid team effort with some individual brilliance from Brendan Nemes. Brendan's first goal was a 'worldy' and his second goal iced the win! The back four was solid as ever."
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