Elmira, NY --- Junior Luke Reiniger (Rowley, MA) netted the first two goals of the afternoon as WPI went on the road to blank Elmira, 4-0, in a non-conference men's soccer match Tuesday afternoon.
The Engineers (10-2-2), who entered the week as the eighth-ranked team per the United Soccer Coaches regional poll, extend their current winning-streak to five. The program also achieved double-digit wins for the second consecutive season, and for the fifth time in six seasons for head coach Brian Kelley.
The Soaring Eagles (3-12) had their only chance of the game late in the 11th minute; however WPI sophomore Rufus Adams (Duxbury, MA) stonewalled a penalty kick by junior Cameron Sanderson (Aberdeen, Scotland). Just over five minutes later, Reiniger put the Engineers on the board with a shot from the right side into the far side of the net at 15:56.
Later in the half, junior Matt Mulligan (Hebron, CT) sent a through ball to Reiniger, who made it a 2-0 contest at 29:52. With 9:28 remaining until the intermission, Mulligan headed home a free kick taken by senior Riley Doherty (Shrewsbury, MA). Freshman Tyler Melo (Stoughton, MA) notched his first collegiate goal amid a scrum in front of the net with 28:16 to play.
Freshmen Pat Flaherty (Norwood, MA) and Justin Polcari (Winchester, MA) split goalkeeping duties for WPI in the second half. Elmira freshman Nate Ferrick (Erie, PA) tallied five stops in relief of classmate Giovanni Garufi (Binghamton, NY).
Overall, WPI took 20 of 21 shots and were awarded all six corner kicks.
The Engineers head to league-leading Springfield for a noon match on Saturday. The two teams played 220 of scoreless soccer a year ago, including the NEWMAC title game which was decided by penalty kicks. The Soaring Eagles travel to St. John Fisher for a 7pm Empire 8 matchup, also on Saturday.