Late Goal Lifts Babson Over Wheaton

Photo by Nina Kenny
Photo by Nina Kenny

NORTON, Mass. - In the final seconds of the game, the Babson College Beavers registered a late goal to top the Wheaton College men's soccer team, 2-1, in a hard fought New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) matchup on Saturday at Keefe Field.

The Beavers (5-4-2, 2-1 NEWMAC) dished out a goal right away in the first half to get on the board at 1:54 when Babson's Logan Ventura broke away from the Lyons (6-5-1, 0-2-1 NEWMAC) defense to notch a shot on the left side of the net putting the Beavers up, 1-0.

That would be the only goal recorded to conclude the first half as both teams tallied shots that missed just wide.

In the second half, Wheaton's offense got to work, tallying shots and holding pressure on Babson's defense as first-year Roni Diniz, senior Steven Pinski and senior Graham Davidson tried to find an opening and even the score.

It wasn't until Diniz found a breakaway on the left side of the field to sneak past the Babson defense and nail a shot that was deflected by Babson's goalkeeper James Takami that allowed junior Amara Sesay to use the rebound and knock in a goal on the right side to tie it. This was Sesay's seventh goal on the season and Diniz's third assist.

The remaining of the half would remain quiet until the Lyons defense got hit with a foul that allowed the Beavers a well-placed shooting opportunity at 89:51 where Babson's Adam Villari took the kick, resulting in the game-winning goal.

Wheaton concluded the game with a 15-10 mark on shots and held the 6-3 advantage on corner kicks. Junior goalkeeper Erik Wisniewski (5-2) tallied a save in the 90 minutes played.

The Lyons travel to Trinity College (Conn.) on Wednesday for their next matchup in a non-conference game starting at 4 p.m.

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