CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A first-half goal by Adam Villari helped lift the Babson College men's soccer team to a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) victory over Wheaton College on Saturday afternoon at MIT.
With the win the Beavers improve to 11-6-2 on the season, while the Lyons end the year 11-8-0. With the win the Beavers advance to the NEWMAC Championship game against host MIT on Sunday, Nov. 8 at 1 p.m.
Wheaton wasted no time trying to get its offense going, starting with a shot by senior Noah Kossoff just 20 seconds in. The Lyons continued to pepper the Babson keeper and backline with shots, but were unable to put any of them away.
Babson responded in the 36th minute with a series of shots that put the Lyon backline under severe pressure. The Beavers finally broke the scoring drought at the 36:33 mark with Villari's first goal of the season. The goal came after a nice feed from Tyler Carlos at the top of the box found its way to Villari, who redirected it to the bottom left netting.
The second half started with Babson once again firing off shots that forced Wheaton's first-year keeper James Bailey to make a handful of saves.
The Lyons had a few opportunities down the stretch but could not manage to find net.
Stephen Donato collected his 10th win of the season for Babson after coming up with six saves. Bailey finished the contest with seven saves for the Lyons.
Despite the score line, the game was fairly even with Babson having a slim 19-18 advantage over Wheaton, while also holding a 4-1 lead in corner kicks.