WORCESTER -- Four different players recorded goals while Ashleigh Matsis (Milford, NH) doled out a pair of assists as WPI shutout visiting Mount Holyoke 4-0 in a NEWMAC women's soccer contest played on a beautiful fall Saturday afternoon on H.Carr Field at Alumni Stadium.
With the victory, the Engineers move their unbeaten streak to four games (2-0-2) and see their overall record level at 6-6-3. WPI is now 2-3-3 in conference action with nine points and, coupled with Coast Guard's 4-0 loss to MIT Saturday, leapfrog the Bears into seventh place in the NEWMAC standings. The top seven teams qualify for the conference tournament and the Crimson and Gray will close out the league's regular season schedule next Saturday in New London.
Mount Holyoke moves to 2-13-1 overall and 1-7 in NEMWAC play.
Julia Karman (Northport, NY) got the hosts into the scoring column early when she took a nifty feed from Matsis and buried a shot into the top right corner of the net at 3:29. It was the sophomore's first of the year second of her career.
Matsis tallied her second helper midway through the first half when she found Lilly Proulx (New Boston, NH) when also went top right for her third marker of 2022 and 10th career tally at 23:34. The Engineers closed out a first half in which they accounted for all 16 shots with a Josephine Conlon (Hoboken, NJ) goal at 37:26. The sophomore netted her first career tally when she took the ball from a defender and nailed a shot to the inside of the far post.
Lexi Carim (Wallingford, CT) accounting for the only scoring of the second half when she converted a penalty kick in the 54th minute for her first career goal.
Lili Hellerman (Ashland, MA) and Kelsey Leach (Tolland, CT) shared the clean sheet for the Boynton Hillers with Hellerman playing the opening 45 minutes and Leach in between the pipes after intermission. It marked the eighth shutout this season for the Crimson and Gray and the fourth one the duo has shared.
Carissa Govea (Pico Rivera, CA) was strong in net for Mount Holyoke, registering nine stops on the day. Echo Haverkamp (Philadelphia, PA) accounted for all three of the shots for the Lyons, all on goal and in the second half.
Prior to the game, the Engineers celebrated their seniors. The nine-person class includes Matsis, Leach, Proulx, Grace Casey (Winchester, MA), Annika Keck (Oakland, CA), Josie Kim (San Jose, CA), Caitlin Bonavita (Wilbraham, MA), Caitlin Strzegowski (East Granby, CT) and Skyler Wise (York, PA).
WPI now hits the road for the final two games of the regular season, starting Wednesday with a 3pm showdown at Babson in a rematch of a 2021 NEWMAC Tournament quarterfinal in which the Engineers advanced on penalty kicks. Mount Holyoke is also on the road on Wednesday, venturing to Coast Guard for a 6pm kickoff.