NEW LONDON, Conn. – Paul Beatty had a goal and an assist as WPI came from behind to beat Coast Guard 2-1 in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) game in the rain on Homecoming Weekend.
The Engineers, ranked sixth in the latest United Soccer Coaches New England Regional Top 10, are now 9-2-2 overall and 3-0-2 in the NEWMAC while the Bears drop to 4-7-3 overall and 1-3-1 in the conference.
Coast Guard opened the scoring midway through the first half when Daniel Taglianetti's service 30 yards out from the left side found the head of Taka Lendon for the sophomore's second goal of the year at 25:08. Less than three minutes later Beatty evened the score when he blasted home a hard strike from the top of the box for his first marker of the season.
WPI took the lead for good at 36:44 as Beatty collected his own rebound and slid a cross to Matt Mulligan who knocked home a one-timer into the back of the net for his second goal of 2018.
WPI goalkeeper Rufus Adams made three of his six saves in the final 10 minutes, denying a header from Robbie Fuget at 80:44, a shot by Garrett Magill at 81:21 and a bid from Taglianetti at 84:47. Coast Guard's Dakota Harich recorded four saves in net for the Bears.
Statistically the game was tight throughout with WPI owning a slight 10-9 edge in shots and both teams attempting six corner kicks.
Coast Guard is back in action when the Bears host Mass. Maritime in on Tuesday night at 7:00 in the final home game of the season.