Vincent Pots a Hat Trick as Women’s Soccer Rallies to Tie Coast Guard

Molly Vincent - WPI Women's Soccer 2022

New London, CT --- Molly Vincent (Douglas, MA) netted her first career hat trick, including a pair of second-half goals, as the WPI women's soccer team rallied to register a 3-3 tie on the road at Coast Guard on Saturday afternoon.

Sadly, the result ends the Engineers' season with a 6-7-4 overall record (2-4-4 NEWMAC) as the Crimson and Gray needed a win to pocket the seventh and final seed in need week's NEWMAC Tournament.  The Bears go to 6-8-3 (3-5-2 NEWMAC) and snagged the aforementioned seventh seed.  They will travel to second-seeded Babson Tuesday afternoon in a quarterfinal matchup. 

WPI was facing a 3-1 deficit before Vincent struck for her second and third goals of the season. In the 60th minute, she scored unassisted to make it a 3-2 game, while under nine minutes later, she converted a pass from Hannah Wolfgang (Holliston, MA) to knot the game at 3-3. 

The Engineers had the early possession advantage, firing off four shots in the initial 18 minutes, but it was Coast Guard that found the back of the net first. Chase Merrick (Tallahassee, FL) scored on a pass from Sidney Palinkas (Hartland, CT) in the 19th minute to put the Bears up 1-0. 

It took less than 10 minutes for Coast Guard to strike again, as Palinkas made it 2-0 with an unassisted strike. 

WPI got on the board in the 39th minute, closing the gap to 2-1. Vincent connected for her second goal of the season, unassisted, making it a one-goal deficit, which stood at the end of the half. 

Early in the second half, Coast Guard pushed the advantage to 3-1 with a goal from Riley Vicinanzo (Vestavia Hills, AL) on the first shot of the frame from either team. 

The 3-1 score stood until Vincent connected on her two goals, tying the match at 3-3 with just over 20 minutes to play. 

Coast Guard recorded a 2-1 shot advantage down the stretch, but neither team was able to break through, setting the final to 3-3. 

WPI keeper Lili Hellerman (Ashland, MA) made a pair of saves, while the Bears' Emily Scharnitzky (Charleston, SC) stopped four.