WORCESTER -- – A pair of goals from Sofia Orrico (Bethel, CT) helped the WPI soccer team to a 2-2 double overtime tie with Wellesley on Saturday afternoon.
The Engineers pick up their first tie of the season and are now 7-5-1 in 2021 and 1-3-1 in conference action. After today's game Wellesley is now 5-2-2 on the year and 1-2-2 in NEWMAC play.
The multi-goal game is the second of Orrico's career with the other coming on Sept. 29, 2018 against Smith.
WPI got on the board first in just the sixth minute of action. Orrico netted her third goal of the season. Ellie Patten (Scarborough, ME) started things off by sending a long pass into the box that got bounced around between WPI attackers and Wellesley defenders before Orrico blooped a shot over the head of Wellesley goalkeeper Kendall Lincoln (San Diego, CA) for the score.
Wellesley evened the score with just three seconds remaining in the first half to send the game into halftime knotted at one. Marleigh Ausbrooks (Washington, DC) looked eerily similar to Orrico lobbing a shot over Lauren Paul's (Schaghticoke, NY) head after gathering a long pass from near-midfield from Sabrina Frusco (Spring, Texas) for the score.
The Engineers got back on top in the second half thanks once more to Orrico. In the 62nd minute, an attacking Orrico broke up an attempted clearing pass from Lincoln to one of her defenders, stole the pass and launched a shot forward on the open goal to make it a 2-1 game.
But Wellesley wasn't done as Remi Fernandez (Valencia, Spain) found the back of the net for the first time this season and the first time of her career, at just the right time to tie things at two-all and send the game into overtime. Liz Zhou (McLean, VA) started the offensive onslaught off with a shot that ricocheted off the post and to the feet of Fernandez who tied the game in the 73rd minute.
Both Paul and Lincoln finished with two saves and two goals allowed in 110 minutes of action in goal.
WPI is back in action next Saturday, Oct 16 when they head to Springfield for a conference meeting at 3pm while Wellesley gets back on the pitch at home against MIT on Wednesday, Oct 13 at 3pm.