Quick Start Sparks Men's Soccer to Third Straight Victory to Start Season

Matthew Biando - WPI Men's Soccer

WORCESTER -- The hot-footed WPI men's soccer team came away with yet another victory to start the 2021 season this time a 2-0 win over Endicott on Saturday afternoon. The clean sheet also marks the third-straight for the Engineers. 

With the win, WPI improves to 3-0 early into the 2021 campaign while Endicott falls to 0-2-1. 

Franco Bazzini (San Juan, PR) led the way for the Engineers with two shots, both on the mark and a goal while freshman Joe Mepham (Sudbury, MA) took half of Endicott's four shots on the day.  

Bazzini, who helped the Engineers to a 1-0 OT victory the last time out, got the team on the board very early, tallying the ultimate game-winner, by capitalizing on a penalty kick just 16 seconds into the game for his third goal of the season in as many games. 

WPI made it a 2-0 ballgame before the half when freshman Matthew Biando (Duluth, GA) netted his first collegiate goal in the 42nd minute, with some help from classmate Matthew McLellan (Hopedale, MA) who nabbed his first career assist on the play. Biando subbed into the game just minutes prior for Bazzini who's hot-streak rubbed off to give the Engineers a 2-0 lead at the half. Following a scramble Matthew Biando gathered McLellan's blocked shot and fired it to far post. 

Endicott managed three shots, by three different players in the first half of action, but none were on the mark. 

In the second half, WPI continued their attack as Bazzini and sophomore Aaron Vaz (Medford, MA) sent a pair of shots on goal that saw Endicott sophomore goalkeeper Zach Regulbuto (Somers, CT) make a pair of saves to keep it a two-goal game.  The Engineers sent a flurry of shots on goal late to try and yet another goal to the total but Regulbuto was able to keep WPI off of the board, though the Engineers still game away with the victory. 

Regulbuto finished with four saves on the day, while allowing two goals in 90 minutes of action while WPI keeper Ryan Martin (Douglas, MA) finished with his conference-leading third shutout of the season. 

WPI returns to action with yet another home game, this time on Tuesday, Sept. 14 when they face St. Joseph's (ME) at 7pm. Endicott returns to the pitch tomorrow, back at home on Sunday, Sept. 12 when they face Framingham State at 5pm.