WORCESTER -- Freshman Angie Ferro (Northboro, MA) notched the game-ending goal 7:05 into overtime as WPI edged Fitchburg State, 4-3, Tuesday night in the first-ever non-softball varsity game played on Rooftop Field. Weather conditions delayed the 4pm women's soccer match forcing the teams to switch venues.
The Engineers head into their 1pm regular season finale at Mount Holyoke Saturday with an 11-4 record (4-3 NEWMAC) and the Falcons are now 8-9 with two games left in their regular season, including a rescheduled meeting versus Framingham State Thursday at 7pm.
Ferro, who inserted the penalty corner, collected a pass from sophomore Kaitlyn Hess (Milford, NH) before finding the back of the cage.
Sophomores Abby O'Sullivan (Walpole, MA) and Lindsey Giorgi (Barre, MA) teamed up for a goal just 1:40 into the contest. O'Sullivan kocked home a rebound for her team-best 18th goal of the seasom. The Falcons responded as senior Molly Richard (Leominster, MA), along with assists from junior Aislinn DeHorsey (Leominster, MA) and freshman Sophia Laperle (Auburn, MA), finished off a penalty corner at 8:38.
It remained a 1-1 contest until junior Bridget Sullivan (Wilmington, MA) slid a shot past the keeper from the near left at 41:42 following a pass from Carly Cidado (Easton, MA). Just over three minutes later, Sullivan and Cidado combined again on a goal to gave WPI a 3-1 advantage. Nearly three more minutes elapsed before sophomore Yuleinny Salcedo (Lawrence, MA) and DeHorsey combined efforts for the guests. Fitchburg State later evened the game at 3-3 when freshman Sarah Craig (Ashburnham, MA) beat a defender in the circle at 67:42.
Senior Karen Mushrall (Mariaville, ME), who was honored before the game along with classmate Carrie Pozaic (West Wyoming, PA), stopped one shot for WPI while Pozaic played sweeper for the first 70 minutes. Freshman Abby Bryant (Ware, MA) was called upon to make seven saves for the Falcons.
WPI had advantages in both shots (19-4) and penalty corners (7-1), of which five were after the first 35 minutes of action.
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