BOSTON -- The WPI men's soccer team jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first half and held on to defeat Wentworth, 2-1, in non-conference action Tuesday night on a rainy Sweeney Field.
The Engineers, ranked seventh in the most recent United Soccer Coaches Region II rankings, improve to 5-3-1 overall while the Leopards see their record level at 5-5 on the year.
A WPI throw in from the far side led to a cross towards the net. Wentworth sophomore Liam Nasr (Chester, NH) intercepted the cross but could not maintain possession, leading to a goal from Engineer junior Luke Reid (Chester, NH) at 7:09. The Engineers made it 2-0 at the 32:40 mark when senior Erik Herrera (San Diego, CA) threaded a long pass down the far side to sophomore Aaron Vaz (Medford, MA) who tucked a shot inside the far post.
Wentworth cut into the lead the 58:53 mark. Sophomore Jacob Dukeshire (Nashua, NH) flicked a header towards the net where senior TJ Prouty (Glendora, CA) put a shot inside the left post.
WPI looked to add to its lead with three shots on net in a four-minute span, however, junior Louis Quintero (Boston, MA) made three saves, including one diving to his right. The Leopards had a chance to tie the game in the 88th minute after a foul and a yellow card gave the Black & Gold a set piece from 25 yards out. However, the bid went high.
Junior Roe Hendrick (Nashua, NH) made six saves for WPI. Nasr made three stops for Wentworth in the first half while Quintero made five over the final 45:00.
Today marked the 18th all-time meeting between the two teams. Winners of three series meetings in a row, WPI holds a 10-7-1 advantage. This was the 10th one-goal game in the series.
W is at the University of New England in Commonwealth Coast Conference action on Saturday at 5:30pm. WPI hosts NEWMAC foe Springfield, also on Saturday at noon.
Release Courtesy Wentworth Sports Information