Bears Season Comes to an End in NEWMAC Semi-Finals

Greg Burnham
Greg Burnham

SPRINGFIELD, Mass.- WPI managed to score the games lone goal in the 69th minute as the Coast Guard men's soccer team fell 1-0 in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) semi-finals.

With the loss, the Bears finish the season 10-5-3 while the Engineers improve to 13-5-1 overall and move on to the NEWMAC finals.

Senior Brendan Nemes scoed the lone goal of the game for the Engineers, while sophomore Luke Reiniger had the assist.

The first opportunity of the game went to WPI as sophomore Marc Calnan served a corner to the back post in the 13th minute. Graduate student Nate Peterson ran onto the cross and headed it towards goal. Senior goalkeeper Jake Sorenson knocked the shot down and smothered the rebound ending the attack.

Sorenson stepped up again in the as Calnan got on the end of the set piece by senior Derrick Naugler on the right side of the Coast Guard penalty box in the 23rd minute. Sorenson reacted quickly for the kick save and the Bears defense cleared it out of danger.

Senior Austin Read gave Coast Guard their best chance of the opening half in the 25th minute as he one timed a rebound from 30 yards out that went just wide of the right post and out of play keeping the game scoreless.

The Engineers started the second half with an offensive burst putting the Bears defense under pressure early and often with crosses from the right and left.

Coast Guard had their first opportunity of the second half in the 61st minute as Read served a free kick into the box from half field. WPI attempted to clear the ball, but it fell to junior Garrett Magill who took a touch a touch and fired one towards goal but put it just wide of the right post.

The Engineers got on the board first in the 69th minute as Reininger sent a cross in from the right side to center of the Bears box. Sorenson rose up to grab the cross but was unable to handle the service. The ball fell to Nemes who fired it into the back of the net for his seventh goal of the season.

Sorenson (7-4-2) made eight saves on nine shots on goal allowing the lone tally. Sorenson finishes his career with 14 career wins and 13 shutouts.

Senior Connor Hoeckele posted his fifth shutout of the season making one save on one shot on goal.

Coast Guard earned 10 wins on the season for the first time since 2014 and return 24 players next season. Good luck to all our seniors as they finish their final year at the Academy and move on to their first assignment.

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