Wellesley Soccer Plays to Scoreless Tie with WPI on Senior Day

Wellesley celebrated Senior Day prior to the start of Saturday's contest (Julia Monaco).
Wellesley celebrated Senior Day prior to the start of Saturday's contest (Julia Monaco).

WELLESLEY, Mass. -- Junior goalkeeper Olivia Reckley (Grosse Ile, Mich.) made a career-high 12 saves as Wellesley College soccer played to a scoreless tie, 0-0 (2OT), with WPI in New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Saturday at the Wellesley Fields Complex. 

The Blue, who celebrated senior day for Alex Dionne (Belmont, Mass.), Kelly Hoover (Austin, Texas), and Gabriela Portilla (West Windsor, N.J.) prior to the contest, are now 4-8-3 overall (1-5-3 NEWMAC). WPI moves to 11-4-1 (5-2-1 NEWMAC) and is now unbeaten in their last seven contests.

WPI held an 8-0 edge in shots and a 5-0 lead in shots on target during the first half. Blue goalkeeper Olivia Reckley (Grosse Ile, Mich.) made five saves and also got some help from the posts. With just over ten minutes left in the first, Blue defender Rachel Berets (Belmont, Mass.) put her head on a cross from WPI first year Ellie Patten (Scarborough, Maine), only to see the attempted clear ricochet off the right post before the Blue gained possession of the ball.

Wellesley's best chance to score came on their first shot of the game, and of the second half, when a drive from first year Liz Zhou (McLean, Va.) was tipped up and over the bar by WPI goalkeeper Gabriella Hoops (Stonington, Conn.) in the 47th minute. WPI looked to have the go-ahead goal in the 74th minute when Kristen McCrea (Weymouth, Mass.) broke free from the Blue backline, but McCrea's attempt sliced wide of the right post. 

Hoops got a hand on Kendall You Mak's (San Francisco, Calif.) shot in the 93rd minute to keep the game scoreless in the first overtime. The Engineers also threatened in extra time, but came-up just short when McCrea missed Lauren Kaija (Reading, Vt.) on a cross in the 99th minute.

WPI ended the contest with a 21-9 advantage in shots, as Reckley (4-8-3) recorded her 15th career shutout for Wellesley. Hoops (10-4-1) turned back five Blue attempts on goal for WPI.

Wellesley will host Babson to close out the regular season on Tuesday at 3:00 PM. WPI will welcome MIT on Tuesday at 4:00 PM.