Rocco's Three-Point Night Sparks Women's Soccer 2-0 Shutout of Wentworth

Liz Rocco - WPI Women's Soccer

WORCESTER -- A duo of goals fed by a high powered offense helped the WPI women's soccer team to a 2-0 victory over Wentworth on Wednesday night.  

The Engineers dominated all night on offense, finishing with 35 shots, 15 of which came on goal. The 35 shots are the most taken this season by WPI, besting a season-opening 34-shot performance in a 9-0 win against Salem State. The team's 149 shots taken this season is by far the most in the NEWMAC and second in the country, while the team's 20 goals also top the conference and rank 12th in the nation.  

With the victory WPI improves to 4-2 and picks up its second-straight win, while Wentworth drops to 0-4-1 in 2021.  

Elizabeth Rocco (Fresh Meadows, NY) and Lilly Proulx (New Boston, NH) netted their third goals of the season while also contributing a combined eight shots on the night for the Engineers.  

WPI started the game with a flurry of shots, a few that were blocked and a pair on goal by Sofia Orrico (Bethel, CT) that were saved by Wentworth keeper Adrianna Arona (Westfield, MA). The team was unrelenting during the first half taking 18 shots, seven of which were on goal.  

Finally, in the 41st minute of action, Rocco got the Engineers on the board with a laser shot from just outside the box. After WPI cleared the ball up the left side of the field, a long pass was sent in front of the net and a Wentworth defender tried to clear it out. But Olivia Toolin (Bedford, NH) intercepted the pass and flicked the ball back to Rocco who fired home for the score. 

The WPI offense never stalled in the second half and in the 87th minute Proulx added an insurance goal for the Engineers, gathering a rebound and beating Lily Cohen (Cherry Hill, NJ), who stepped into goal for the Leopards in the second half, to the left side of the net. After a shot by Rocco hit the crossbar, Proulx took the rebound, settled and fired to help her team to the win. 

Cohen finished the second half with seven saves, and Arona added another five for Wentworth, who also picked up a team save to end the first half of play. Lauren Paul (Schaghticoke, NY) had a quiet night in goal for WPI, as Wentworth finished with just two shots in the game, neither on goal.  

WPI opens conference play on Saturday, Sept. 18 at 1pm when they travel out to Smith. Wentworth will be back in action looking for its first win of the season at Roger Williams on Friday night at 7pm.