WORCESTER -- Mark Calnan (Winchester, MA) and Francesco Valagussa (Arlington, MA) tallied goals 1:27 apart midway through the first half as host WPI knocked off visiting Wentworth 4-0 in a non-conference men's soccer match played Tuesday afternoon in Alumni Stadium.
With the victory the Crimson and Gray ups their record to 5-2-3 while the Leopards dip to 3-5-2 on the season.
The guests had the best scoring opportunity early in the match as Andrew Collari (Leicester, MA) sent a blast from just outside of the box to the upper left corner by WPI netminder Rufus Adams (Duxbury, MA) made a diving stop just 2:31 in to keep the contest scoreless.
WPI then took control, registering the next 12 shots. The hosts were rewarded in the 20th minute when Calnan took a pass from Brendon Hima (Oakville, CT) and streaked down the left side past the defense and collected his team-leading fourth goal of the season and tenth career game-winning marker. Less than 90 seconds later Jackson Conroy (Reading, MA) dished it from the left side to towards the middle to Valagussa who smashed it past the diving goalkeeper from 20 yards out for the rookie's second goal of 2019.
The Engineers nearly had a third goal in the final seconds before intermission as Matt Mulligan's (Hebron, CT) cross found Sebastian Royo (Southboro, MA), whose redirection trickled just wide of the far post.
Going against the wind in the second half, the hosts netted the only two goals of the stanza. Luke Lindholm (Sterling, MA) headed home a nice corner by Franco Bazzini (San Juan, PR) from six yards outs in the 69th minute and David Lapointe (Waterbury, VT) took a feed from Liam Setterlund (Holden MA) and hit one in from just outside the top of the box 15 minutes later.
WPI's Adams made the one early save for his fifth shutout of the season and 11th career clean sheet. Robbie West (Weymouth, MA) made five stops in net for the guests.
The hosts outshot Wentworth 28-3 and enjoyed a 13-1 bulge in corner kicks.
WPI plays the middle match of a three-game home stand on Saturday, squaring off with Emerson at 10am as part of Homecoming weekend. Wentworth is back at it Thursday, starting off a three-match home stand of its own, facing Lesley at 7pm.
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