Women's Soccer Dealt First Defeat of 2015 in Road Match at Worcester State

Abbey Teliska

WORCESTER -- Senior Alicia Macomber (Stoughton, MA) tallied the lone goal 30 minutes in and goalkeeper Jillian Witkowski (Leicester, MA) registered 12 saves to lift host Worcester State to a 1-0 shutout of previously undefeated WPI in a non-conference women's soccer contest played Tuesday evening.  

With the win, the Lancers improve to 3-1-1 while the Engineers, ranked 10th in the latest NSCAA NCAA Division III New England rankings, slip to 5-1.   

Macomber, the returning MASCAC Player of the Year, netted her second goal of the season when she went one-on-one with the goalie and blasted a shot from the corner from just inside 15 yards out at the 29:59 mark.  The senior forward accounted for six of the Lancer's nine shots on the day. 

WPI outshot the hosts 17-8 but could not solve Witkowski, who recorded her third straight clean sheet.  The senior was particularly strong in the second half, stopping eight shots, including several flurries in the opening 15 minutes. 

The visiting Engineers saw six players notch multiple shots, including Karina Larson (Storrs, CT) with four and Emily Doherty (Shrewsbury, MA), and Julia Macleod (Medway, MA) with three apiece.  Goalkeeper Abbey Teliska (LaGrangeville, NY) made three saves in net for the Crimson and Gray, who attempted all three of the match's corner kicks. 

"It was a tough loss tonight against a tough Worcester State team," remarked WPI head coach Steph Schafer. "I thought we did well defensively to stay organized and compete at high level. We did a good job on the offensive side of the ball to maintain much of the possession and create attacking opportunities. It was a disappointing result but a good tune up for us as we go into NEWMAC play on Saturday." 

Both teams open conference play on Saturday.  WPI begins NEWMAC play at defending champion MIT at 1pm while the Lancers start MASCAC action at home against Mass Maritime at 11am.