Doherty Shines as Women's Soccer Opens with Shutout of Southern Maine

Emily Doherty

Wenham, MA --- WPI junior midfielder Emily Doherty (Shrewsbury, MA) scored two goals—one in each half—and the Engineers topped the University of Southern Maine 2-0 to close day one of the Gordon Soccer Classic. 

The Engineers set the pace of play early on in the contest, pinning the Huskies deep into their defensive end. USM keeper Marissa Temple (Grafton, MA) made her first save of the game less than two minutes in and continued to stymie WPI's offense for much of the first half. Temple made several diving stops over the first 40 minutes, but the Engineers continued to hold possession in their offensive half. 

Their persistence paid off in the 42nd minute when Doherty put home a pass from Emma Turton (Mechanic Falls, ME).  Temple had seen 11 shots-on-goal leading up to the Doherty score, but the late-half strike gave the Engineers a narrow one-goal lead heading into the halftime break. 

The second half was much of the same for WPI, earning eight corner kicks and putting eight shots on net. Once again Temple came up big in key moments for the Hustkies, but Doherty struck again in the 62nd minute for an insurance goal. Janine Fatal (Amesbury, MA) notched the assist on the play. 

USM never seemed to find a connection on offense, while the Engineers were constantly able to push possession back toward the Huskies' goal. WPI outshot its opponents 27-4, but Temple's 18 saves kept the score close until the very end. Abbey Teliska (LaGrangeville, NY) made two saves for the Engineers to earn her first clean sheet of the year. 

WPI will look to stay perfect in Wenham with a tough matchup against Maine-Fort Kent tomorrow at noon. Southern Maine will matchup with Gordon at 2:30pm, immediately following the first game. ​ Maine-Fort Kent blanked Gordon 4-0 in Friday's other contest.

Release Courtesy Gordon Sports Information