WORCESTER, Mass. – WPI's Brendan Nemes (Kingston, Mass.) and Paul Beatty (Halifax, Mass.) each scored a goal in the second half to push the Engineers past Worcester State 2-0 Friday afternoon in the 2017 opener for both squads.
September 1, 2017
Score: WPI 2, Worcester State 0
Records: WPI (1-0) | Worcester State (0-1)
WPI fired off three unanswered shots in the first half, before Worcester State's Andre Ipojuca (Saugus, Mass.) listed the Lancers first attempt to score in 22nd minute. The Lancers registered two consecutive shots following Ipojuca's shot on net, however, neither team was able to put a number on the scoreboard.
WPI dented the scoring column on its sixth corner of the contest as Beatty served to Nemes' head six yards off the back post for the senior captain's 14th career goal in the 64th minute.
With Worcester State pushing forward looking for the equalizer a WPI clear following a Lancer corner found Beatty and Luke Reiniger (Rowley, Mass.) at midfield on a 2-on-1. Reiniger's feed from the right side sent Beatty in alone on the goal and the sophomore buried the shot past the diving WSU goalkeeper.
- WPI goalie Connor Hoeckele (Granby, Conn.) recorded the day's only save en route to his 15th career clean sheet.
- Worcester State's Jason Barrett (Spencer, Mass.) did not record a save in net for Worcester State.
- The Engineers enjoyed a 10-3 edge in shots while both teams attempted eight corners.
- In the past decade, Worcester State is 3-6-1 against WPI in the past decade of play.
The Lancers return to action on Wednesday (Sep. 6) when they host Keene State in a 4 p.m. home opener at Coughlin Field.
Portions of this Release Courtesy of WPI Sports Information