Women's Soccer Continues Hot Start with Road Triumph at Salem State

Emma Turton

Salem, MA -- WPI received goals from five different players, and keepers Abbey Teliska (LaGrangeville, NY) and Gabi Hoops (Stonington, CT) combined for a shutout as the Engineers blanked the Salem State Vikings 5-0 at Alumni Field on Saturday afternoon. WPI raises its record to 3-0 while Salem State slips to 0-2.

Emma Turton (Mechanic Falls, ME) opened the scoring in the 7th minute when she deposited a nice feed from Jane Bingel (Wrentham, MA) into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead. Salem State nearly tied the game on a perfectly placed corner from Kara Digiacomo (Peabody, MA), but Teliska stopped Kelly Birchmore's (Swampscott, MA) point-blank attempt.

The Engineers increased their advantage to 2-0 when Emily Doherty (Shrewsbury, MA) snuck a shot just underneath Vikings goalie Rachel Ledbetter (Dracut, MA) from 10 yards out. WPI controlled the tempo in the first half, outshooting Salem State 11-2 in the half. Jaime Espinola (Greensboro, NC) added the third WPI goal when she knocked in Karina Larson's (Storrs, CT) corner attempt in the 27th minute.

Hannah Modelski (Hollis, NH) pushed the lead to 4-0 right before the half when she broke free from the right sideline and beat Ledbetter for her second score of the year.  
Salem State changed goalies in the second half as Amanda Backe (Danvers, MA) replaced Ledbetter, and was immediately challenged, but the freshman made a nice diving stop to keep the Engineers from scoring.

Goalie Hoops came into the game midway in the second half for the Engineers and stopped the only attempt she saw. Both teams went to their benches with WPI continuing to control the ball, finishing with a 17-3 advantage in shots. Janine Fatal (Amesbury, MA) closed the scoring when she beat Backe in the 88th minute.

"I'm very proud of the effort today," commented WPI head coach Steph Shaffer. "Salem State is a very hard working team and across the board, we rose to the occasion. I'm also excited that we were able to have five different goal scorers. It was great team win at the end of long week."

Teliska earned the win in net for WPI to improve to 3-0. Ledbetter suffered her second loss of the season for the Vikings, who had come into the game winning seven of their last eight matches against the Engineers.  

Salem State and WPI play again on Tuesday as the Vikings travel to Plymouth State for a 4pm contest while WPI visits Framingham State for a 7pm start.      

Release Courtesy of Salem State Sports Information