Balance Offense and Solid Defense Sends Women's Soccer to Third Straight NEWMAC Victory

Hannah Wolfgang - WPI Women's Soccer 2021

South Hadley, MA --- An offensive onslaught from six different goal scorers, gave the  the regionally-ranked WPI women's soccer team a 6-0 shutout victory over Mount Holyoke on Saturday afternoon. 

The six goals marks a tie for the second-most goals this season scored by the Engineers (10-5-1, 4-3-1 NEWMAC) and the third time the team had at least six goal scorers in the same game this season. The shutout of Mount Holyoke (2-10, 0-8) marks the eighth time WPI has held its opponent scoreless in 2021.   

WPI attached all afternoon finishing with 33 shots in the game, 17 of which came on goal. In comparison, Mount Holyoke managed just seven shots in the match with just two on goal.  

A trio of WPI goalkeepers combined for the shutout victory with Lili Hellerman (Ashland, MA) getting the start and playing in the first half picking up both of WPI's saves on the day as well as the victory. Lauren Paul (Schaghticoke, NY) and Kelsey Leach (Tolland, CT) split time in the second half, with neither facing a shot on goal during their time in net. On the Mount Holyoke side of things, Shannon Breen (Upper Saddle River, NJ) was tested all day, picking up 11 saves on the 17 shots on goal.  

Sofia Orrico (Bethel, CT) got things going in the first half for the Engineers driving down and netting the team's first goal in the eighth minute of action for her sixth goal of the season, and ultimately the game winner, her third of the year.  

Just 30 seconds later, WPI struck again, this time when Hannah Wolfgang (Holliston, MA) added another eighth minute goal off of the restart with some help from Grace Casey (Winchester, MA) to make it a quick 2-0 ballgame. The goal was the third of the season for Wolfgang while Casey picked up her second assist of the year. 

It took until the second half for another goal to appear on the scoresheet, and once again the Engineers were able to rally off a pair of goals, this time in the span of 22 seconds. This time Madisyn Bagby (Aurora, CO) got the second-half scoring going with the help of Wolfgang in the 51st minute. And once again, the Engineers added another goal in the same minute this time when Ashleigh Matsis (Milford, NH) added one with an assist from Caitlin Strzegowski (East Granby, CT). The goal was Bagby's second of the season while Matsis netted her first career goal to make it a 4-0 game. Strzegowski also picked up her first career assist on the play.  

Julia Karman (Northport, NY) added another in the 76th minute of action when she headed in a goal off of Bagby's corner kick entry to pick up her first career goal, with style. Bagby's entry gave the rookie her second assist of the year. 

The team capped off the scoring onslaught with a goal in the 88th minute of action as Meredith Eddy (Newfields, NH) netted her second goal of the season, and first of the penalty kick variety. After being fouled in the box, Eddy took the PK opportunity to seal the 6-0 victory.  

WPI is back in action on Wednesday, Oct. 27 with a conference meeting with Babson at home at 4pm. Mount Holyoke returns to the pitch against Wesleyan on Monday, Oct. 25 also at home at 5:30pm.