Worcester, MA --- Junior Karly Henderson's (Salem, MA) goal in the 17th minute highlighted Salem State's 2-0 road victory over WPI in non-conference women's soccer action from a sun-soaked Alumni Field on Saturday afternoon. With the result, the Vikings improve to 1-0-1 on the young season while WPI falls to 0-2.
SSU dented the scored column at 16:22 when Jackie Gauthier (Danvers, MA) feed Henderson, who buried a shot in the top right hand corner of the net from just inside the 18-yard box. The Vikings added to their advantage in the 31st minute as they was aided by an own goal as the ball deflected off a WPI defender and across the goal line.
WPI's best scoring chance came in the 58th minute when Kelly Ames (Glastonbury, CT) passed the ball to Kristen Garza (Kingston, MA), whose flick on goal forced Viking netminder Leah Potcner (Wilmington, MA) to make a diving save. The stop was the only save of the day for Potcner, who was credited with the shutout.
Freshman goalkeeper Maddie Willer (Penfield, NY) made four saves for WPI, who was outshot on the day 11-4, but enjoyed a 4-3 edge in corner kicks.
WPI concludes a brief two-game homestand on Tuesday, when its hosts Gordon at 4:30pm. The game is the front end of a doubleheader at Alumni Field with Field Hockey (vs Bridgewater State - 7pm). Salem State returns home Wednesday for a 6pm contest against Babson.
Story by Mark Therrien - WPI Athletics