Garza and Forti Lead Women's Soccer to First Win of the Season

Kristen Garza

Fitchburg, MA --- WPI's Kristen Garza (Kingston, MA) netted two goals for number 39 and 40 of her career in a 3-0 win over Fitchburg State in non-conference action Saturday morning.  Fitchburg State women's soccer team suffered its first loss of the season, while WPI picks up their first win of the 2010 campaign.

Behind a shutout effort from freshman goalkeeper Maddie Willer (Penfield, NY), the Engineers collected their first victory of the season with a three goal, 20 shot effort. Garza and freshman Megan Forti (Lynn, MA) led the WPI offense, combining for seven points with three goals and one assist, while junior Hailey Taylor (Colusa, CA) also added to the mix with her first assist of the season.

After a scoreless first half of play, WPI jumped onto the score board early in the second half as Forti netted her first goal of the season in the 59th minute. Off a deep midfield pass from Taylor, Forti beat all defenders and posted nice tough shot on net for 1-0 advantage. Garza doubled the Engineers lead exactly nine minutes later as the senior forward used a one-time slip past from Forti for her first marker of the year.
Late in the half, the Fitchburg State offense surged, registering multiple shots on net from junior Carissa Kennedy (Somerset, MA) and Ali Landry (Bellingham, MA), but Miller stood strong with seven, second half saves to preserve her shutout. Garza wrapped up the game's scoring in the final two minutes of play, tallying her second score of the game as an insurance marker. 
WPI held a slim 20-15 shot advantage, while Fitchburg State boasted a 4-2 margin in corner kicks. Freshman Jillian Kirouac (Leominster, MA) started the contest for the Falcons in net, posting six saves in 45 scoreless minutes, while junior Melanie Berent (West Hartford, CT) posted three saves in her second half effort. Willer finished the contest with eight saves for the Engineers.
Fitchburg State will be in action again on Wednesday as it hosts Eastern Connecticut State University at 7pm. WPI will host Worcester State on Wednesday at 7pm.

Majority of Release Courtesy Fitchburg State Sports Information.