Garza Tallies 32nd Career Goal in Women's Soccer Loss at Westfield

Kristen Garza

Westfield State 8, WPI 1

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Westfield, MA --- Junior Ali Pease (Ludlow, MA) recorded two goals and an assist and sophomore Kate Wye (Blackstone, MA) tallied two goals to power Westfield State to an 8-1 victory over WPI in women's soccer action on Tuesday evening, Sept. 22. 

The Owls, ranked 10th in the lastest New England Division III poll, boosted their record to 6-1-1 and ran their non-losing streak to seven straight games. WPI is 3-5. 

Junior Kate MacLellan (Wilbraham, MA) opened the scoring for Westfield with an unassisted goal in the 21st minute. The Owls led 2-0 at halftime when Wye, with an assist from Pease, scored with 34 seconds remaining in the first half. 

Westfield erupted for three straight goals in a span of five minutes early in the second half half to take a commanding 5-0 advantage. Freshman Leann Rivard (Chicopee, MA) scored in the 48th minute and Pease struck for back-to-back goals in the 52nd and 53rd minutes. 

WPI got on the scoreboard in the 57th minute on a goal by junior forward Kristen Garza (Kingston, MA) off a feed by Lindsey Grasis (East Brookfield, MA).  The goal was Garza's seventh of the fall and extended her school record for career goals to 32.

Westfield out-shot WPI, 23-2. 

The Owls are idle until Saturday when they host Bridgewater State at 1pm.  WPI opens up NEWMAC play at the same time on the road at MIT.

Release Courtesy Westfield State Athletics