WORCESTER – Junior Jackson Conroy (Reading, MA) scored early in the second half and sophomore Rufus Adams (Duxbury, MA) stopped three shots as the WPI men's soccer team defeated city and NEWMAC foe Clark, 1-0, Saturday morning in a rainy Alumni Stadium.
The Engineers, unbeaten in their last eight matches (7-0-1), concludes the regular season with a record of 12-2-3 overall and 4-0-3 mark in NEWMAC play. The Boynton Hillers' 15 points currently puts them in first place but Babson (4-0-2 - 14 points) hosts Coast Guard tomorrow at 1pm and Springfield is (4-1-1 - 13 points) entertaining Wheaton at noon today. WPI knows it will play one of those two teams in a NEWMAC semifinal on Thursday at a time and site to be determined. Clark, who would have qualified for the NEWMAC Tournament with a win and possibly a tie, sees its season come to an end with a 10-5-2 mark and 2-4-1 record against NEWMAC opponents.
Conroy drilled a bouncer past the right side of the Clark keeper at 51:31. Later in the match, sophomore Melvin Vincent (Rochester, MA), who finished 10 saves, made a great stop on a header by WPI junior Luke Lindholm (Sterling, MA) at 80:18.
Junior Sean Munroe (Silver Spring, MD) led the guests with three shots while he, along with senior Julian Feshbach-Meriney (Concord, MA) and freshman Gregory Amador (Westborough, MA) each put a shot on target. Conroy, senior Frank Ciliberto (Spencerport, NY) and freshman Mike Biando (Atlanta, GA) all registered multiple shots on-net for WPI.
In all, WPI had the advantages in shots (24-8), shots on-goal (11-3) and corner kicks (7-2).
Prior to the match, Ciliberto, Riley Doherty (Shrewsbury, MA), Spencer Ralphs (Simsbury, CT) and Jake Steinberg (Shrwesbury, MA) were honored for their contributions to WPI Athletics and the men's soccer program.
The 2018 NEWMAC Men's Soccer Championship matchups are slated to be revealed Sunday afternoon.