WPI 4, Coast Guard 0
Worcester, MA --- Four different players tallied goals to help WPI boost its NEWMAC Tournament hopes with a 4-0 shutout over visiting Coast Guard in a NEWMAC women's soccer contest on Saturday afternoon. With the victory, the Engineers improve to 6-9 overall and 2-4 in conference play. Coast Guard slips to 2-11 on the season and 0-6 in NEWMAC action.
WPI scored the only goal of the first half when Kelsey Mawhiney (Johnston, RI) knocked home Hailey Taylor's (Colusa, CA) beautifully placed corner kick in the 20th minute. The marker was Mawhiney's second of the year and the assist was Taylor's team-leading sixth.
The Engineers added to the advantage early in the second half when Katie Partridge (Worcester, MA) buried a cross by Kristen Garza (Kingston, MA) into the lower left hand corner. The tally, just 43 seconds into the second stanza, was Partridge's second of the season.
Garza added to her school record scoring total in the 74th minute when she tapped in a nifty pass by Lindsay Grasis (East Brookfield, MA) for her 10th goal of the season and 35th of her career. Nica Sylvia (West Tisbury, MA) closed out the scoring in the 85th minute when she registered her first goal of the season after a pass by Samantha Kingsley (Methuen, MA).
Rebecca Newman (Howell, NJ) recorded three saves on the day en route to collecting her third shutout of the year. Mary Mills (St. Louis, MO) was outstanding in net for Coast Guard. The sophomore made 16 stops for the Bears.
WPI attempted 27 of the game's 32 shots and each team had four corner kicks. Senior Katie Kurek (Williamstown, NJ) had a strong game for the visitors, totaling four shots for the Bears.
Both teams continue NEWMAC play on Tuesday with road contests in Western Mass. WPI ventures to Northampton to take Smith at 4pm while Coast Guard heads to Springfield to face the Pride at 7pm.