Riley-Schafer, Silva, Orrico, Keck and Casey Draw All-NEWMAC Women's Soccer Praise

NEWMAC Awards - WPI Women's Soccer 2021

Westwood, MA --- WPI women's soccer head coach Steph Riley-Schafer and first-year co-head coach Sue Silva claimed the NEWMAC Coaches of the Year honor, in voting by the league's coaches announced today.  Additionally a trio of student-athletes were named All-NEWMAC, including Sofia Orrico (Bethel, CT) and Annika Keck (Oakland, CA) to the first team and Grace Casey (Winchester, MA) on the second team. 

In a conference filled with outstanding coaching performances this fall, it was the duo of Riley-Schafer and Silva that were recognized by their peers.  Riley-Schafer, who entered her ninth year leading the Engineers brought along Silva as co-head coach before the start of the 2021 campaign. The duo led the Crimson and Gray to an 11-6-3 overall record and help WPI bounced back from a 1-3-1 start in conference play to ending the league slate 4-0-1 including victories over eventual conference finals Springfield and MIT in a five-day span. The Engineers earned the fifth seed in the NEWMAC women's soccer tournament and advanced past the fourth-seeded Babson Beavers in penalty kicks in the quarterfinal round. WPI forced a rematch with a the battle of Engineers in Cambridge in the semifinal round before suffering a season-ending loss to MIT. 

The NEWMAC Women's Soccer Coach of the Year award returns to familiar territory as Coach Riley-Schafer claimed such accolades in 2016 when the Engineers posted a multitude of program firsts and resulted in a NEWMAC Championship title. 

The women's soccer program noted a pair of first team all-conference accolades claimed by graduate student Orrico at forward and junior Keck at back. Orrico recorded six goals and five assists, totaling 17 points this season with two dozen shots on target, leading to a trio of game-winners. The goal-scoring forward recently notched the NEWMAC Women's Soccer Co-Offensive Athlete of the Week for the week ending on October 24th after her role in the regular season upset at MIT and a shutout at Mount Holyoke. 

Keck held down the back line of the Crimson and Gray defense that posted 10 team shutouts, eight of which were victorious in regulation, throughout the entirety of the regular season and the NEWMAC quarterfinal matchup against Babson where WPI advanced in penalty kicks. Keck has recorded three goals on the pitch this season while contributing to holding opponents to a 0.92 goals-against average for WPI. 

Casey was selected as a NEWMAC second team all-conference member as she contributed to the scoring power of the Crimson and Gray this season with five goals and a pair of assists, counting for 12-total points. Casey played a pivotal role for the Engineers as she held the squad together between the forwards and defenders, playing well on the defensive and offensive side of the ball.  Perhaps her biggest standout moment was successfully converting the game-winning penalty kick late in WPI's victory over then fifth-ranked MIT. 

NEWMAC Release