Savoie, Vaz and Hendrick Lead Men's Soccer to Non-Conference Victory

Aaron Vaz - WPI Men's Soccer 2022

WORCESTER -- Luke Savoie (Mansfield, MA) and Aaron Vaz (Medford, MA) each tallied a goal en route to the WPI men's soccer team's shutout of Wentworth on Tuesday evening. Savoie got things going early into the game while Vaz sealed the victory with a penalty kick goal.  

WPI (4-1-4) finished with an outstanding 23 shots on the night while its defense held Wentworth (2-5-2) to just seven shot attempts, only two on goal. Savoie finished with five shots while Vaz ended with seven, including four on goal.  

Savoie got things going in the 13th minute of action with some help from Aidan McLoughlin (Colchester, CT). After a barrage of shots by the Engineers within the first 10 minutes of action, Savoie was finally able to connect with the back of the net in his second shot on goal of the game. The goal was his third of the season.  

McLoughlin stepped up to the offensive half of the field snatching away a clearing pass from Wentworth and found a streaking Savoie on the other side of the field bending a pass that Savoie expertly headed in for the score.  

Wentworth responded with a spurt of offense after the goal but was unable to get anything to fall as the WPI offense dominated for the remainder of the first half.  

Midway through the second, the WPI offense fired a slew of shots at Wentworth goalkeeper Giovanni Ruggieri (Canton, MA) who made save after save to keep it a 1-0 ball game as Vaz and Savoie combined for five shots in less than two minutes time.  

Vaz got his chance with just 23 seconds remaining. After being taken down in the box going for a header, Vaz drew a penalty kick beating the keeper to the right and scoring in the bottom left side of the goal to seal the win. The goal was also his third of the season and his first career penalty kick attempt and score.   

Ruggieri was tested all night, facing 23 shots on the day and making eight saves, while allowing the two goals. Roe Hendrick (Nashua, NH) remained undefeated between the posts improving his record to 4-0-4 with the shutout, his third of the season, making two saves on the night.  

The Engineers are back in action on Saturday, Oct. 1 kicking off the month with some NEWMAC soccer action at Springfield at 1pm while the Leopards return to the pitch on Friday, Sept. 30, closing out the month at Nichols at 3pm.