Middletown, CT --- A pair of second half goals by Wesleyan snapped WPI women's soccer's season-opening 230-minute shutout streak as the nationally-ranked Cardinals dealt the visiting Engineers a 2-0 defeat in a non-conference contest on Wednesday evening.
With the result, WPI is now 2-1 on the young season while Wesleyan, which reached the NCAA Tournament semifinals a season ago and was ranked fourth in the United Soccer Coaches Preseason Top 25, opens up its 2022 campaign with a 1-0 record.
After an opening half that saw neither team score, the hosts, who enjoyed a 8-3 advantage in shots over the first 45 minutes, broke through at 50:40 when Audrey Lavey's (Newton, MA) cross found Grace Devanny (Concord, NH), who nudged the ball into the lower left side of the goal.
In the 78th minute. Devanny was on the other end of the cross as her pass set up Catherine Gallagher (Reading, MA) and the rookie went upper left for her first career goal at 77:05. The Cardinals defense clamped down after the second goal, holding the Engineers to just one shot the rest of the way.
WPI goalkeeper Kelsey Leach (Tolland, CT), was strong in net, collecting a career-best 12 saves on the night. Ashleigh Matsis (Milford, NH) and Madisyn Bagby (Aurora, CO) paced the Engineer offensive attack with two shots each.
For the night, Wesleyan led WPI in shots 18-5, including 14-3 on goal and held a 4-2 edge in corner kicks. The Cardinals had a different goaltender play each half with Sarah Hammond (Canton, MI) making two stops in the first stanza and Molly Brumbach (Montclair, NJ) being credited with a save over the final 45 minutes.
WPI has a quick turnaround, closing out a three-game road trip Friday at 7pm with a quick jaunt down Park Avenue to Chandler Street to face city foe Worcester State. Wesleyan begins NESCAC play on Saturday morning, entertaining Colby at 11am.
Majority of recap written by WPI student assistant Maya Vartabedian.