Kim and Proulx Spearhead Women's Soccer's Second Half Surge in Upset of Springfield

Lily Proulx - WPI Women's Soccer 2022

WORCESTER -- Josie Kim (San Jose, CA) and Lilly Proulx (New Boston, NH) each registered second half goals as the WPI women's soccer team rallied from a 1-0 first half deficit to upset visiting Springfield in a NEWMAC women's soccer contest played on a sun-soaked H.Carr Field at Alumni Stadium on Saturday afternoon. 

With the result, the Engineers are now 5-6-2 overall and 1-3-1 in conference action, while Springfield, ranked sixth in the most recent United Soccer Coaches Region II poll slides to 7-4-2 on the season and 5-2 versus NEWMAC opponents. 

Trailing 1-0 at intermission, the Crimson and Gray drew a foul about 25 yards from goal towards the right side and Kim stepped up and placed the free kick past the goalie towards the far post just 3:30 into the second half.  It was senior's first goal of 2022 and fourth of her career.  

The hosts took the lead over 11 minutes later when Lottie McLeod (Newton, MA) sent a cross right through six-yard line to a waiting Proulx, who settled the ball and blasted a shot by the near post and into the back of the net for her second marker of the season and ninth of her career. 

Springfield had grabbed an early advantage in the fifth minute when Kaitlyn Suller (Oviedo, FL) set a well-placed through ball to Meredith Healy (Niantic, CT), who found herself one-on-one with the goal and deposited her second goal of the season into the net at 4:46 

Lili Hellerman (Ashland, MA) earned the victory in net for WPI while Taryn Ryan (Holyoke, MA) collected nine saves, including eight in the second half, for the Pride.  

The Engineers held a 18-4 edge in shots and were awarded all five of the match's corner kicks.  Proulx paced all players with five shots on the day while Ashleigh Matsis (Milford, MA) and Hannah Wolfgang (Holliston, MA) each netted three with Matsis blasting one off the crossbar just moments after Proulx's game-tying goal early in the second.  

Both teams continue NEWMAC play with 7pm home matches on Wednesday.  WPI will host nationally-ranked MIT while Springfield entertains Wheaton.