Babson edges host Wheaton in overtime in key NEWMAC match
NORTON, Mass. - The Wheaton College men's soccer team suffered its fourth straight loss to Babson College and third by a single goal during Saturday's key New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) match, as the Lyons fell to the Beavers by a 2-1 count in overtime during a battle between regionally-ranked teams on Keefe Field.
Ranked sixth in New England by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), Wheaton, which celebrated Senior Day, dropped its second consecutive game to fall to 9-5-2 overall and 3-2 in league play, while fifth-ranked Babson improved to 10-3-2 and 3-0-2.
Neither team found the back of the net until the Beavers broke the stalemate in the 80th minute, which was the start of a three-goal spurt during a 16:56 span. Lyon sophomore Max Swanson (Lexington, Mass./Lexington) knotted the game at one at 83:16 courtesy of classmate David Turina's (North Yarmouth, Maine/Northfield Mount Hermon School) corner kick, while senior goalie Chris Smart (Brookfield, Conn./Brookfield) finished with two stops.
Babson sophomore Eric Anderson (Scituate, Mass./Rivers School) scored the 80th-minute marker before assisting classmate Joshua Danesh (Brookline, Mass./New Jewish) on the game-winner at 96:03. Junior keeper Peter Crowley (Lexington, Mass./Brooks School) came up with a number of big second-half saves in the victory, finishing with seven.
On the visitors' first goal, Beaver senior Ben Meyerson's (South Nyack, N.Y./Nyack) serve found Anderson in the box, as Anderson managed to get his head on the ball before Smart could get to it. Prior to Wheaton's tying tally, Swanson had back-to-back headers from point-blank range denied by Crowley midway through the second half.
The Lyons more than doubled up their opponents in shots for the second straight game, holding a 20-9 advantage today, including a 13-5 edge in the second half. The Beavers took three of the game's five corner kicks, all of which took place in the second stanza.
Wheaton is back in action tomorrow for a non-conference game at Saint Joseph's College of Maine at 1:00 p.m.