Vaz Delivers in Final Seconds for Men’s Soccer to Force Road 1-1 Tie at Skidmore

Aaron Vaz Bicycle Kick - WPI Men's Soccer

Saratoga Springs, NY --- Aaron Vaz (Medway, MA) found the back of the net in the final seconds of regulation to give the WPI a 1-1 tie on the road at Skidmore in a non-conference contest on Saturday afternoon in New York. 

With limited opportunities to start, the Engineers had a slight edge in shots (2-1) until the 42th-minute of play when Skidmore senior midfielder Ethan Kilmnick (Colts Neck, NJ) successfully converted on a penalty kick to get on the board first heading into halftime.  

The second half of action featured the Crimson and Gray rifling shots as Luke Savoie (Mansfield, MA), Francesco Valagussa (Arlington, MA), Vaz, and Anthony Previte (Andover, MA) combined for five strikes within a five-minute span as Skidmore's netminder Bobby Stratts (Villanova, PA) registered two of his four saves on the afternoon in goal in that timeframe.

A corner kick at the 78-minute mark by Savoie led to a header chance that was saved by Stratts and began another stretch of shots from Savoie, Matthew McLellan (Hopedale, MA) before Vaz's final strike found the back of the net to force the tie with only nine seconds remaining to play.          

The knotted finish puts the Engineers at 0-0-2 and brings Skidmore to a 0-0-1 record to begin the 2022 season on the pitch.   

WPI continues it six-game road trip with a pair of away matches next week.  The Crimson and Gray are at Brandeis at 7pm on Wednesday and venture to Endicott for a noon kickoff on Saturday.  Skidmore turns it attention to its next contest on Monday, hosting UMass Boston in a noontime Labor Day matinee.