Bristol, RI --- A hat trick at the feet of Francesco Valagussa (Arlington, MA), his first career multi-goal game, highlighted a 5-0 WPI soccer shutout of Roger Williams on Tuesday night as the Engineers wrapped up a six-game road trip Tuesday night.
Valagussa's hattrick marks the first by an Engineer since Sam Russell (Glastonbury, CT) achieved the feat at Emerson on Oct. 4, 2014. Russell finished with three goals and an assist on that outing. Valagussa achieved the same feat Tuesday night.
The Engineers (3-1-3) blanked the Hawks (5-1-2) in a battle of regionally ranked teams, handing RWU its first loss of the season. WPI entered the game ranked fourth in the most recent United Soccer Coaches Region II rankings, with Roger Williams third in the area, but the Engineers handedly defeated their regional foes Tuesday night.
Rogers Williams outshot WPI 20-13, with the Hawks edging WPI with nine shots on goal to the Engineers' eight.
Roe Hendrick (Nashua, NH) spent the majority of time between the posts for WPI making seven saves in 86:04 of action. Ryan Martin (Douglas, MA) came in to close things out playing the final four minutes and making a save to preserve the shut out.
Valagussa got the Engineers going in the 12th minute with his first tally of the night, later helping to make it a 2-0 game in the 25th minute of action with an assist on an Anthony Previte (Andover, MA) score. A goal in the 30th minute by Valagussa boosted WPI's lead to three before the half before, and 28 seconds into the second frame he ripped a shot at the goal to achieve the hattrick and give WPI a 4-0 lead.
Filippo Marcantoni (Ponti sul Mincio, Italy) added a goal for good measure in the 87th minute of action, his first of the season, to send the Engineers home with a handful of scores and the victory.
Jack Avellar (Orleans, MA), finished with nine shots faced, five goals allowed and four saves, picking up his first loss of the season.
WPI is back in action on Saturday, Sept. 24 with a noon outing against Wheaton at home while Roger Williams looks to get back in the win column on the same date and time at home against Gordon.
Photo courtesy of Dylan Foran