Salem State Beats the Heat and Women's Soccer 2-1 with 83rd Minute Goal

Lynn Renner

Worcester, MA --- Amy Griffith (Middleton, MA) doled out a pair of assists, including the game-winner, to help Salem State defeat host WPI 2-1 in a non-conference women's soccer match-up on Saturday afternoon at a hot and muggy Alumni Stadium. 

Salem State's Victoria Clancy (Dorchester, MA) broke open a scoreless contest in the 31st minute when she took a pass from Griffith on the left side and went low to the far corner.   It was WPI that had the better of the action until that point, enjoying a 10-2 edge in first half shots but hit a cross bar in the 23rd and were denied on a breakaway just over a minute later on a beautiful save by Vikings goalkeeper Rachel Ledbetter (Dracut, MA).     

The Engineers leveled the contest after intermission when Emma Turton (Mechanic Falls, ME) was tripped in the box in the 57th minute and Jaime Espinola (Greensboro, NC) drilled home the ensuing penalty kick.  The game appeared destined for overtime until Griffith spun past her defender in the left corner and crossed it to Cecelia Crestadevine (Middleton, MA), who buried her second goal of the season with just 7:02 left in regulation.  The Engineers pressured late but corner kick followed by a Lynn Renner (Aberdeen, SD) shot were turned away in the final minutes.    

Ledbetter totaled seven saves on the day while Abbey Teliska (LaGrangeville, NY) was credited with two stops in net for WPI. 

For the game, the Crimson and Gray enjoyed a 19-6 bulge in shots and attempted four of the game's five corner kicks. 

WPI closes out a three-game homestand Wednesday, hosting crosstown rival Worcester State at 7pm.  Salem State is back at in Tuesday evening, entertaining Plymouth State at 6pm.