Reiniger and Conroy Shine as Men’s Soccer Shoulders First Setback of 2018

Jackson Conroy
Jackson Conroy

WORCESTER – Junior Evan Couchot (Mason, OH) scored a pair of second half goals to lead Endicott past previously unbeaten WPI in a non-conference men's soccer match Tuesday night in Alumni Stadium.

Couchot converted a PK to even the game at 48:13. Later in the frame, Junior Slade Vincent (Douglas, MA) carried the ball down the left side of the field before sending a cross to classmate Joshua Sousa (Dartmouth, MA), who immediately dished it off to Couchot for what proved to be the game-winner at 59:42.

The Gulls improve to 2-4-1 on the year while the Engineers, who entered the night fourth in the United Soccer Coaches regional poll, are now 5-1-1. The Crimson and Gray are also receiving votes in the United Soccer Coaches and D3soccer.com Top-25.

WPI dented the scoreboard first at 33:53 as junior Jackson Conroy (Reading, MA) swept the ball off the line to create an opportunity for classmate Luke Reiniger (Rowley, MA) to essentially crash the net. Freshman Alex Poll (Toms River, NJ) had a great chance in the 41st minute to make it 2-0; however, an outstretched junior Jack Bacon (Lincoln, RI) got just enough to change the ball's direction.

Bacon stopped five shots in the no-decision while sophomore Jesse Haines (Villanova, PA) collected his first win after making one stop in the second half. Sophomore Rufus Adams (Duxbury, MA) stonewalled a game-best seven shots for WPI.

Both teams took 14 shots while Endicott enjoyed a 9-7 margin in shots on-goal. WPI, meanwhile, was awarded seven of the game's eight corner kicks.

The Engineers take on MIT Saturday in the penultimate contest of a six-game homestand beginning at 4:30pm, and the Gulls entertain Salve Regina at 7pm.