Perham's First Career Goal Not Enough as Men's Soccer's Drops NEWMAC Quarterfinal

Mason Perham and Aaron Vaz - WPI Men's Soccer 2022

WORCESTER -- The fourth-seeded WPI men's soccer team's 2022 NEWMAC tournament run came to a close with a 2-1 loss to fifth-seeded Wheaton in the quarterfinals on Tuesday afternoon at H. Carr Field in a battle between regionally ranked opponents.  

A goal in the 70th minute of action by Wheaton's Jack Brusso (Pawtucket, RI) would end up as the ultimate game-winner. Luke Strange (Portland, OR) sent a perfect cross off of a free kick at the 18-yard line that found the head of a streaking Brusso who whipped the shot into the left side of the net for the score past a diving Roe Hendrick (Nashua, NH). 

The Engineers (7-5-6) had evened the score just minutes earlier when Luke Savoie (Mansfield, MA) streaked up the left sideline, crossing a pass right in front of the goal to an awaiting Mason Perham (Hampden, MA) who ticked it past the Wheaton netminder Cam Millington (Fairfield, CT) to make it a 1-1 game in the 66th minute of play.  

All of the game action happened in the second half as the Lyons broke the scoreless tie, sneaking one past an out of place Hendricks. Leao Nelson (Bar Harbor, ME) helped the play begin as he took a stolen clearing pass and dribbled it up the left sideline, sent a pass across to Joey Everett (Danbury, CT) who pulled Hendricks towards him with a shot attempt that instead trickled to Strange who sent it into the back of the net for the opening score in the 56th minute.  

Hendricks was tested consistently making some stellar saves in the first half to keep the Lyons off of the board finishing with five overall saves while Millington stopped three of the four shots that came his way.  

The Engineers are regionally ranked and will hold out hope for an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. The tournament bracket will be revealed on Monday, Nov. 7 at NCAA.com.   

Wheaton (9-4-6) is back in action in the NEWMAC Semifinals against top-seeded Babson on Thursday, Nov. 3 at 2pm.