SCORE: Wheaton 0 - Babson 2
RECORDS: Wheaton (9-10-1, 3-4 NEWMAC) - Babson (12-2-4, 5-0-2 NEWMAC)
LOCATION: Babson Park, Mass. (MacDowell Field)
- The Wheaton College men's soccer team returned to the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) tournament Thursday night, taking on the Beavers of Babson College in the league semifinals. Playing at MacDowell Field on the Babson campus, the home team earned a 2-0 win, which sends them through to the NEWMAC Championship, which will be held Saturday, Nov. 3 at Babson.
- The meeting was the fifth time in the last six years and 13th time overall in the conference playoffs for the two sides with the Beavers improving to 7-6 against the Lyons all-time in the postseason. The programs also have combined to win 15 of the previous 20 NEWMAC Tournament championships.
- Wheaton withstood an arsenal of shots from Babson in the opening half, with the Beavers unleashing 12 shots to the Lyons four. Despite the shot disparity, the two sides headed into halftime with neither side able to find the back of the net.
- Babson broke the deadlock in the 51st minute when Youcef Ziad found Alex Crompton for his fifth goal of the season. Ziad started the play with a shot that pinged off the left post and fell to the feed of Crompton who was able to touch it home.
- Wheaton forced the first save of the game from Steven Heintzelman in the 74th minute when a header by junior Jules Stewart forced the Beaver keeper to come up big.
- Crompton added an insurance goal in the 79th minute with another rebound off the left post. Crompton headed home a ball that came off the post on a Jackson Greenspan shot.
- Stewart once again nearly earned a goal back for the Lyons, but once again Heintzelman was in position to make a save and keep Wheaton off the board.
- Diego Medina came up with three saves in 90 minutes of action, while Heintzelman made four for the Beavers.
- Shots: Wheaton 12 - Babson 19
- Corner Kicks: Wheaton 4 - Babson 5
- Saves: Wheaton 5 - Babson 4
- Fouls: Wheaton 15 - Babson 12
UP NEXT: Wheaton ends the season with a 9-10-1 overall record and 3-4 NEWMAC standing, making the NEWMAC Tournament for the first time under new head coach Bryan Waggoner.