Worcester, MA --- Freshman Emily Doherty (Shrewsbury, MA) notched her first-ever goal and also registered an assist as WPI defeated crosstown rival Worcester State 2-0 at Alumni Field in non-conference women's soccer action on Tuesday evening. The victory is the second straight this season for the Engineers (2-2) and marks their first win over the Lancers since 2004.
Worcester State took five of the game's seven first half shots, but the two teams played a scoreless opening stanza. The Lancers were poised to take the lead in the 62nd minute, however, Brianne Beckman's (Lakeville, MA) laser was repelled by a diving Maddie Willer (Penfield, NY).
The hosts seemed energized after Willer's heroics and took the lead when Doherty dribbled the ball up the right side of the field and rifled a shot that trickled past the Worcester State goaltender for a 1-0 lead at 65:27.
Natalie McMillan (Acton, MA) put WPI on the board again with some insurance when she took a perfectly placed corner of the foot of Doherty at 74:23 and headed it into the back of the net for the final tally of the game. The marker was the co-captain's first of the season and second of her career.
Willer turned in an outstanding game, collecting four save en route to posting her first shutout of the season and seventh of the junior's standout career. Danielle Grunbaum (Marlboro, MA) played the first 68 minutes in net for the Lancers while Mia Koutoulas (Danvers, MA) made a save for the visitors over the final 22 minutes.
For the game, Worcester State (2-3) held a 12-5 edge in shots with Therese Morss (Marian, MA) and Beckman combining for seven. WPI attempted three of the game's five corner kicks.
WPI is back in action on Thursday, heading to Newport, RI to face Salve Regina at 3:30pm. Worcester State opens MASCAC play on Saturday, hosting Framingham State at 1pm.