Late Goal Dooms Women's Soccer in 2-1 Loss to Gordon

Courtney Langley

Worcester, MA --- Gordon sophomore Karina Scavo (Mount Siani, NY) assisted on two goals, including the game-winner with less than five minutes remaining in regulation, to give the Fighting Scots a dramatic 2-1 win Tuesday afternoon over WPI at Alumni Field.  With the victory, Gordon improves to 3-0, while WPI drops to 0-3.

The Fighting Scots held a 6-1 shot advantage in the first half, but only one crossed the goal line as when Hala Coker (East Falmouth, MA) connected on a setup by Scavo following a corner kick in the 28th minute.  WPI's best scoring chance of the half came in the 16th minute when Kayla Rayworth's (West Boylston, MA) laser was stopped by Gordon keeper Kari Christenson (Standish, ME).
WPI evened the match at 59:38 when freshman Courtney Langley (Fairfield, ME) successfully converted a penalty kick after junior Hailey Taylor (Colusa, CA) was fouled inside the box.  
Gordon's Caitlin Nedde (Colchester, VT) took matters into her own hands with just under five minutes left in the game, firing a rocket that was stopped by WPI keeper Maddie Willer (Penfield, NY).  The subsequent rebound was pushed by Scavo back to Nedde, who deposited the ball softly into the upper left corner.  WPI has a quality scoring chance in the last two minutes, but Kristen Garza's (Kingston, MA) shot was turned away by Christenson.
Christenson improves to 3-0 on the season after making four saves, while WPI freshman goalkeeper Maddie Willer (Penfield, NY) made five saves.  The tightly contested matchup saw Gordon own a 10-6 edge in shots and both teams take three corner kicks.
The Engineers look to pick up a victory when they travel to regional power Western Connecticut for a 6pm matchup Thursday night.  Gordon begins Commonwealth Coast Conference action when they venture to Regis on Saturday for a noon contest.

Story by Mark Therrien - WPI Athletics