DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Freshman goalkeeper Mike Tranghese (Monson, Mass.) came up with eight saves against WPI, but UMass Dartmouth ultimately fell in its second contest of the 2017 season to the Engineers by a score of 1-0.
Score: UMass Dartmouth 0, WPI 1
Records: UMass Dartmouth (0-2-0) | WPI (2-0-0)
How it Happened
Just a few minutes after the opening whistle, Engineer forward Nate Peterson (Mashpee, Mass.) was able to corral the ball following several deflections in front of the Corsair net, sneaking it just over the line for an early WPI lead.
In the first half, the red and white seized control on the offensive end, outshooting the Corsairs 12-1. Tranghese recorded seven of his eight saves in the opening 45 minutes of play, keeping the aggressive WPI offensive at bay. The home squad had what looked like a promising buildup to even the scoring in the 19th minute, but was negated by an offside ruling.
Physical play between both sides continued on through the second stanza as the referee blew his whistle seven times on each competitor. Corsair senior Akere Tambi (Bamenda, Cameroon) anchored the defense to hold off WPI, stopping the Engineers from mounting any breakaways.
UMass Dartmouth's best at drawing even came when sophomore George Papoulis' (Neapoli, Greece) shot at the 60:34 mark, following a deflected corner kick. The defender awaited the high bouncing ball approximately 30 yards away from the net, wound up, and blasted off a bending shot attempt to the lower left corner of the frame, but a remarkable save by MIT keeper Connor Hoeckele (Granby, Conn.) prevented UMass Dartmouth from getting on the board.
Inside the Numbers
- UMass Dartmouth fired seven of its eight total shots in the second half of the contest.
- Since the 2014 season, WPI has started off 2-0 in each campaign.
- Today is only the second time that UMass Dartmouth squared off against WPI in program history, with the first affair taking place in 2002. The Corsairs dropped a 2-3 loss to the Engineers.
UMass Dartmouth returns to the pitch at Fitchburg State on Wednesday at 4 p.m., with WPI next hosting Wesleyan on Wednesday at 7 p.m.