Engineers Blank Bears

Emily Matthews
Emily Matthews

WORCESTER, Mass. - Coast Guard fell to first Place WPI 2-0 Tuesday night in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action. 

Coast Guard slips to 3-4-4 on the season and 0-2-2 in NEWMAC action.  The Engineers, ranked fifth in the latest NSCAA New England Coaches Poll, are now 9-2-1 overall and 4-1 in conference play. 

The hosts dented the scoring late in the 13th minute when junior Mari Bailey threaded a pass through the Coast Guard defense to freshman Kristen McCrea, who broke in alone on the Coast Guard sophomore goalkeeper Rachel Boohar and buried a low shot into the right corner for her third goal of the season at 12:55.  

McCrea nearly doubled the advantage in the 34th when she look a long pass from Karina Larson but her breakaway bid was denied by an impressive save by Boohar.

After a first half that saw limited shots and only a few scoring opportunities, the second half featured plenty of both.  

WPI's junior Sophie Gomarlo got ahead of most of the Bear defense but the guests were able to recover and block her shot in the 54th minute. 

Senior Brianna Grisell launched a strong shot for Coast Guard three minutes later but it was stopped by sophomore goalkeeper Gabi Hoops.  

The Bears found the outside of the post on a long shot by freshman Claire Hurley in the 64th minute but the ball bounced out of bounds for a goal kick.   

The Engineers finally got the insurance marker they needed when Bracken took a cross from McCrea from the right side and buried a low shot to the far post with just over five minutes remaining for her team-best fifth goal of the season and 12th of her career.
Both keepers made four shots on the night.  Boohar is 3-4-3 on the year while Hoops is now 9-2-1 on the season.  

WPI held a 13-5 bulge in shots and an 8-4 edge in corner kicks.        

Coast Guard begins a two-game homestand on Saturday, hosting Babson at 1pm.