WORCESTER -- Sophomore Elizabeth Rocco (Fresh Meadows, NY) netted her first career goal late in the first overtime to lift WPI to a thrilling 2-1 victory over visiting Roger Williams in a non-conference women's soccer contest played Tuesday afternoon.
The Engineers, winners of four straight for the second time this season and ranked seventh in the most recent United Soccer Coaches New England Top 10, up their record to 8-1 overall while the Hawks fall to 4-5 on the year.
Kristen McCrea (Weymouth, MA) began the pressure that led to the goal but her shot was blocked and deflected to Rocco, who blasted a shot from the top of the box with her left foot into the right corner of the net with just 41 seconds remaining in the first extra sudden death session. The game-winning goal came about a minute and a half after Roger Williams was awarded a rare overtime penalty kick but the Hawks bid to win the game sailed just left from the 12 yard spot.
Roger Williams opened the scoring in the 16th minute on a nifty give-and-go as Leah Yucius (Duxbury, MA) crossed the ball from the left side outside the 18 towards the middle to Maggie Hickey (Greenville, RI) and then darted towards goal and buried the return pass for her second goal at 15:16.
WPI's best chances in the opening half came in the last five minutes but McCrea had a shot sail over the crossbar and then Caitlin Bonavita's (Wilbraham, MA) header following a chaotic scramble was saved on the goal line.
The Crimson and Gray evened the match in the opening moments after intermission. McCrea sent Sofia Orrico (Bethel, CT) down the left side with a long pass. The junior dribbled hard towards the goal and then passed along the six-yard line and found Lilly Proulx (New Boston,, MA) streaking towards the far post, who knocked the ball home for her third goal the season at 46:35.
Mandy St. Germain (Upton, MA) was credited with one save in a winning effort in net for WPI while Morgan Strassburg (Longmeadow, MA) made eight stops for the visiting Hawks.
On the day, WPI enjoyed a 22-6 edge in shots and a 5-2 advantage in corner kicks.
WPI returns to NEWMAC action on Saturday, hosting Coast Guard at noon. Roger Williams wraps up a five-game road trip Thursday with a 4pm match at Framingham State.
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