Bears Spoil Men's Soccer Homecoming; Hand Engineers First Loss

2021 WPI Men's Soccer

WORCESTER -- Junior John Flood's (Midlothian, VA) right-footed rebound in the 64th minute from inside the six-yard box lifted Coast Guard to an upset over WPI during Homecoming for the Engineers in the NEWMAC opener for both teams. 

The Bears, who are ranked fifth in the NCAA Division 3 Region 2 Poll, improve to 6-0-1. The Engineers, ranked No. 8 in the NCAA Division 3 United Soccer Coaches poll and No. 1 in the NCAA Division 3 Region 2 Poll, fall to 3-1-1.  The loss snapped WPI's 14-game NEWMAC unbeaten streak, stretching back to the start of the 2018 conference schedule.

The winning goal came off a free kick from senior captain Gabriel Gallant (Woodbridge, VA) 28 yards out into the six-yard box. Freshman Lucas Tabit (Warrenton, VA) had the original chance on a header which was denied, but Flood, untouched, found the back of the net on the rebound. 

Sophomore goalkeeper Ryan Martin (Douglas, MA) made a career-high six saves for the Engineers. 

Junior Franco Bazzini (San Juan, PR) put WPI up, 1-0, in the 22nd minute off a feed from classmate Luke Savoie (Mansfield, MA) . It was the team-high fourth goal of the season for Bazzini. 

Had it not been for a goal post hit on a penalty kick in the second minute, the Boynton Hillers would've enjoyed a 2-0 lead with Bazzini's tally. 

Coast Guard tied the game at 1-1 in the 47th minute, after a through-ball from Robbie Fugett (Saint Mary's, GA) found Mike Daunt (Haymarket, VA) who buried the shot. It was the fourth goal of the season for Daunt. 

The Bears utilized two goalkeepers in the win. Junior John Vaaler (Arnold, MD) competed in the second half, making a save for the clean sheet, meanwhile sophomore Josh Hudson (Tempe, AZ) made four saves in the first half. 

The Crimson and Gray host Skidmore at 2pm on Sunday.  Coast Guard will travel to Mitchell for a nonconference tile at 4 pm Wednesday.