Taylor Helps Women's Soccer Nab Fifth Seed in NEWMAC Tournament

Hailey Taylor

Northampton, MA --- Hailey Taylor's (Colusa, CA) 39th minute goal was enough to lift WPI to a 1-0 win over Smith College in the regular season finale for both teams on Saturday afternoon.

Smith (4-11-1, 1-7-1 NEWMAC) brought good early pressure, as Ellie Theurer (Gainesville, FL) beat the offside trap in the 22nd minute, but her shot skewed wide.  Lindsey Gregor (Bradenton, FL) kept the Pioneers in the game with a double save on Megan Forti (Lynn, MA), parrying away her shot from 10 yards, then forcing the rebound header wide. 

The Engineers (8-9-1, 5-4 NEWMAC) grabbed the games only goal when Taylor bundled home the ball after a corner kick. 

The score remained at 1-0 at halftime, and WPI tried to add to the lead when Tori Howland (Red Hook, NY) rattled the crossbar seven minutes into the second half. 

Bryce Bludevich (Colchester, VT) tested WPI 'keeper Maddie Willer (Penfield, NY) with a long range effort with 18 minutes to go, but the Pioneers could not find an equaliser. 

Before the game, seniors Ella Hartenian (Arlington, MA), Sarah Pedicini (Revere, MA), and Bludevich were honored for their contributions to the program.  Smith ends the season with a 4-11-1 mark, a one win improvement from 2009.  WPI earned the No. 5 seed in the upcoming NEWMAC tournament, and will play Wheaton College in the quarterfinals.

Release Courtesy Smith Sports Information