Salem, MA --- Sophie Gomarlo (Swanzey, NH) booted home the game-winner with less than a minute remaining in the first overtime as the WPI Engineers escaped with a 2-1 victory over the Salem State Vikings in the inaugural game of the 2017 season for both teams at Alumni Field on Friday evening. WPI starts 1-0 on the year while Salem State stumbles out of the gate with a one-goal loss.
Gomarlo outfought a Salem State defender and got off a clean shot from 15 yards out that skidded past Salem State goalkeeper Amanda Backe (Danvers, MA) with just 44 seconds remaining in the extra period.
WPI held the advantage offensively in the first half, outshooting the Vikings 5-2. The Engineers nearly scored in the 15th minute when Megan Hanshaw (Simsbury, CT) just missed connecting as her shot narrowly sailed wide right. The Vikings countered in the 18th minute when Meg McFarland's (Dedham, MA) shot went just left of the net as goalie Gabriela Hoops (Stonington, CT) was caught out of position.
Leah Beauton (Colchester, CT) put WPI on the board with just over 15 minutes remaining in the first half when she took a feed from Lizzie Rooney (Harvard, MA) and beat Salem State goalie Backe with a shot to the lower right corner.
Trailing 1-0 in the second, the Vikings' Casey McFall (Wilmington, MA) fired in a rebound after Emily Boyle's (Manchester, NH) long arcing shot from 25 yards out got behind WPI's goalkeeper to tie the score at 1-1 in the 54th minute.
WPI kept the pressure on offensively as they outshot Salem State 6-2 in the second half, but failed to convert as Salem State's defense stood firm.
Neither goalie was tested offensively as Hoops recorded just one save in the win while her counterpart Backe stopped four shots in the loss.
Salem State held a slight advantage in corner kicks 4-3.
Release Courtesy Salem State Sports Information