Bazzini and Valagussa Dazzle as Men's Soccer Bests Emerson to Gain Valuable NEWMAC Points

Franco Bazzini - WPI Women's Soccer 2021

WORCESTER -- The duo of Franco Bazzini (San Juan, PR) and Francesco Valagussa (Arlington, MA) were instrumental in WPI men's soccer's 4-0 victory over Emerson on Saturday afternoon.  

Both Valagussa and Bazzini finished with three points in the outing while Bazzini netted the ultimate game-winner in the 21st minute of action for regionally-ranked WPI (8-4-3, 2-2-2 NEWMAC).  The Engineers can qualify multiple different ways for the NEWMAC Tournament, the simplest of which would be a win next Saturday at nationally-ranked MIT.  Emerson remains winless in conference action (3-10-2, 0-6) heading into the final weekend of play.  

After a couple of close calls, Bazzini finally broke through in the 21st minute after a cross from Valagussa, who was swarmed by many Emerson defenders, found the foot of Bazzini just outside the net. Bazzini tapped it into the left side of the net expertly for the go-ahead goal.  

After Valagussa teed off on a shot that went high on the next offensive possession, he too broke through on the scoreboard in the 36th minute of play. After an Emerson clear attempt that was thwarted by WPI, Matthew McLellan (Hopedale, MA) settled a pass back inside from his teammate, turned and chipped a shot at the goal from just outside the box that found the head of Valagussa as he headed the ball into the goal in stride to make it a 2-0 game. 

WPI extended its lead to three goals in the 68th minute after Filippo Marcantoni (Ponti sul Mincio, Italy) trailed Bazzini who was racing down the field. As the defenders converged, Bazzini dished a pass that found the foot of Marcantoni and then ultimately the back of the goal.  

A long pass downfield by the WPI defense resulted in a little give-and-go action in the 77th minute of play between Walter Rodriguez (Bayamon, PR) and Alejandro Clermont-Delgado (San Francisco, CA) which resulted in the team's fourth goal of the day. Clermont-Delgado dished a quick pass to Rodriguez, who took a couple of strides and crossed up Emerson goalie Jacob Ramer (Los Angeles, CA) for the score.  

With the addition of a goal and an assist in the outing, Bazzini now has six goals and four assists on the year while Valagussa has totalled two goals and two assists in 2021. 

WPI dominated on the offensive front finishing with 18 shots on the day, nine on goal. In comparison, Emerson had just three shots with just two coming on goal.  

Roe Hendrick (Nashua, NH) picked up another clean sheet in goal making two saves in 90 minutes of action. His third of the year and seventh for the Engineers. On the other side of the field made five saves while Ramer allowed the four goals on the day.  

WPI is back in action on Wednesday, Oct. 27 with a non-conference meeting with UMass Boston at 7pm.  Emerson closes out its 2021 campaign next Saturday at home versus Coast Guard at 1pm.