New London, CT --- The WPI men's soccer team fell in a hard-fought battle with Coast Guard Tuesday night 2-0 in the First Round of the NEWMAC Championship, ending their conference postseason run.
Despite a game-high 13 shot attempts, six of which were on goal, WPI was unable to get on the board on the night. Coast Guard goalkeeper Josh Hudson (Tempe, AZ) finished the evening with six saves in the shutout victory. Francesco Valagussa (Arlington, MA) and Matthew Biando (Duluth, GA) paced the Crimson and Gray with three shots apiece, while Matt Dzwil (Boxford, MA) and Mike Biando (Atlanta, MA) both registered multiple shots.
The Bears (11-4-1) advance to the Semifinal Round of the Championship where they will square off against #1 Seed MIT on Thursday, Nov. 4 at a time to be announced. Coast Guard finished with 10 shots on the day sneaking a pair of shots past WPI goalkeeper Roe Hendrick (Nashua, NH) who finished with four saves.
Coast Guard had a goal in each half, with the first half goal coming in the 15th minute of action when Noah Engstrom (Brea, CA) found the back of the net with a little help from Jude Sargent (West Hartford, CT). The goal was Engstrom's sixth of the season while the helper was Sargent's third.
The Bears added an insurance goal in the 60th minute of play as Michael Daunt (Haymarket, VA) sent home a penalty kick goal, his second PK of the season, to improve the Bears' lead to 2-0.
Coast Guard was the only team this season to be able to beat WPI twice. The Bears also earned a 2-1 victory in Worcester on Sept. 18.