Hopkins Earns MVP Award as Men's Soccer Takes Worcester City Crown

Jason Hopkins

WPI 5, Anna Maria 0

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Paxton, MA --- The WPI men's soccer team got two goals from Tournament MVP Jason Hopkins (Mendon, MA) to defeat Anna Maria 5-0 and capture the 2009 Worcester City Tournament Championship on Sunday afternoon. In the consolation game, Clark received four assists from freshman Gianluca Ranallo (Scarsdale, NY) to top Becker 7-0. WPI remains perfect on the season at 3-0, while Anna Maria and Clark move to 1-1 overall, and Becker  falls to 0-2.

In game one, WPI took an early lead on a score by Mike Ford (Whitman, MA) from an assist by Thomas Cucinotta (Easton, MA) in the first five minutes of play.

The Engineers would tack on another tally just before the end of the first half, as senior Tommy Zajac (Merrimack, NH), found the back of the net off a feed from fellow senior Matthew Gonsalves (Swansea, MA) to send WPI into the intermission leading 2-0.

The second half was all Engineers, as WPI outshot the AMCATS 13-1 in the period. Tournament MVP Jason Hopkins scored twice to put the game away, while Tim Driscoll (Easton, MA) added another goal to give the Engineers the 5-0 victory.  Adding assists for the Crimson and Gray second half scoring spurt were Gonsalves, Tommy Zajak (Merrimack, NH) and Justin Dempsey (Cliffton Park, NY).

Kirk Dragsbaek (Sherborn, MA) and Stephen Allen (Pembroke, MA) combined in net on the shotout.  Dragsbaek worked the first 78:36, recording the only WPI save on the day.  Hopkins led WPI with his two goals while Gonzalves dished out a match-high two assists.

In the second match, Clark jumped on the board in the very first minute of play as Trevor Hendry (Waterford, CT) beat the Hawks' goalie after getting a beautiful feed from Ranallo.

The Cougars then pulled away in the 19th minute of play, scoring three times in just over a minute of play. Mike Trobagis (Acton, MA) collected two goals during the flurry, while Will Van Noppen (Providence, RI) scored once, and Ranallo added two more assists.

Clark went into halftime with a 23-1 advantage in shots and a four goals to nil lead.

The Cougars kept the pressure on in the second half, scoring three more times, including two scores by junior Tim Doenmez (Dublin, NH) and another by freshman Shadoe Hanson (Kingston, Jamaica) to put the finishing touches on the 7-0 victory.

All four teams will be back in action on Wednesday. Tournament Champions WPI will take battle Wentworth on the road, Clark will travel to face Colby-Sawyer, Becker will host Mass Maritime, and the AMCATS will try and bounce back versus Emerson on the road.

Release Courtesy Anna Maria Sports Information