Matthew Biando's Late Goal Gives Men's Soccer 1-1 Draw in Battle of Unbeatens

Matt Biando - WPI Men's Soccer

WORCESTER -- The No. 8 WPI men's soccer team remained undefeated in 2021 with a 1-1 tie against Saint Joseph's (ME) on Tuesday afternoon. Matthew Biando (Duluth, GA) netted the equalizer in the 84th minute of play to help the Engineers to a double-overtime draw.  

Biando now has recorded two goals in the last two games to help WPI to a 3-0-1 start to the season. Saint Joseph's picks up its second tie of the year to also remain undefeated (1-0-2).  

The team stats were about equal during the game with the Monks taking 13 shots to WPI's 12. The Engineers took three shots on goal, while St. Joe's finished with a pair. WPI had the edge in corner kicks, 4-2, the final one resulting in an Engineers' goal.  

Saint Joseph's got on the board first in the 16th minute of action. Noah Elmore (Berlin, VT) sent a long pass down the right side of the field to an awaiting Gus Ford (Falmouth, ME) who stayed onsides, and beat WPI keeper Ryan Martin (Douglas, MA) who came out of the goal to meet Ford, who sent a long shot past him and into the net.  

Midway through the second half, Colin Grant (Harvard, MA) helped keep the Monks' 1-0 advantage with a team save in the 69th minute of play. 

Biando, who earned his first collegiate goal last time out, utilized a corner kick in the 84th minute of play for the game-tying goal. An insertion from Franco Bazzini (San Juan, PR) on the corner found the foot of Biando who bent a pass through a sea of defenders for the game-tying goal.  

Both Martin and Saint Joseph's goalkeeper David Walbridge (Hampden, MA) each finished with a save and a goal allowed on the night.   

WPI continues its six-game home stand against Coast Guard on Saturday, Sept. 18 at 11am while Saint Joseph's will continue on the road at Norwich also on Saturday at 1pm.