Women's Soccer Blanks Salem State to Kickoff 2022 Campaign

Hannah Wolfgang - WPI Women's Soccer 2022

WORCESTER -- The Engineers began the 2022 season with a bang defeating Salem State 4-0 on Thursday night at Alumni Stadium, picking up its first shutout of the season with the win.  

Hannah Wolfgang (Holliston, MA) led the way with a pair of goals for the Engineers while Ashleigh Matsis (Milford, NH) finished the night with a goal of her own while also tacking on a pair of assists to help WPI to victory. Wolfgang's multi-goal outing was the first of her career while Matsis' four-point outing was the highest of her career, besting her career point total in one evening.  

The game started off with a 15th minute score to get things going after Matsis headed a ball into a Salem State defender, who made the initial save. But Wolfgang was waiting to tap the score in off of the deflection. After Wolfgang took the first three shots of the game, Matsis' first shot of the season helped her teammate to find the back of the net.  

Wolfgang was back at it in the 21st minute of action, stripping the ball from a Salem State defender and ripping a shot from the 20 yard line into the top right corner of the goal to make it a 2-0 game.  

WPI doubled its score in the final two-and-a-half minutes of the first half first when Matsis, on her fourth shot on goal of the night, netted her first goal of the season. WPI's netminder Kelsey Leach (Tolland, CT) sent a free kick midway up the field where the Engineers masterfully maneuvered the ball to the other side of the field. After a failed clearing attempt by Salem State, Matsis ripped another long shot for the third goal of the night.  

The Engineers were back on the board 85 seconds later when Olivia Toolin (Bedford, NH) was in the exact right place at the right time. Matsis started things off with a cross that Salem State goalkeeper Lily Pfefferle (St. Paul, MN) punched back out where Toolin was waiting, sending it in for the 4-0 halftime score.  

In the second half, Lili Hellerman (Ashland, MA) stepped in at goal for the Engineers, who continued to fire on all cylinders on offense. However, Salem State was able to keep WPI's offensive onslaught at bay, as neither team was able to add to the totals in the second half, as the Engineers picked up their first victory of the season.  

Hellerman saved the five second half shots on goal she faced while Leach started the game off with 45 minutes of scoreless action. Pfefferle saw 10 shots on goal on the night, saving six and allowing the four goals. WPI took 21 total shots during the game, holding Salem State to its five-shot second half, with all five shots coming on goal.  

Matsis and Wolfgang combined for 13 of the team's shots on the day with Wolfgang finishing with seven shots, three on goal, and the multi-goal outing. Matsis ripped six shots on the night, four on goal. Salem State featured five different shot takers in the outing.  

WPI will be back in action on Saturday, Sept 3 when they head to Western Connecticut at 1pm while Salem State will continue its road trip at UMass Dartmouth also on Saturday, but at 4pm. 

Photo courtesy of WPI student assistant Megan DeSanty.