Wheaton and Babson play to scoreless draw for second straight season

Wheaton and Babson play to scoreless draw for second straight season

NORTON, Mass.- The nationally-ranked Wheaton College women's soccer team played host Babson College to a scoreless draw for the second consecutive season on Saturday afternoon, as the Lyons and Beavers were at a stalemate following 110 minutes of play in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) game at Hartwell-Rogers Field.

Wheaton, which is ranked seventh in the country and first in New England by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), is now 13-1-3 on the season and 6-1-1 in league play.  The Beavers moved to 8-6-2 and 5-2-1.

Lyon freshman goalie Taylor Wilson (Bellingham, Mass./Bellingham) returned to the pitch following a long layoff due to injury, turning aside six shots for the shutout while improving to 5-0-3 on the season.  Babson sophomore keeper Melina Kapotsis (Watertown, Mass./Watertown) made 11 saves.

After a first half that saw Wheaton hold a 14-5 advantage in shots, the Lyons had the better of the chances in the second frame.  Midway through the half, sophomore Gabriella Verde's (Miami, Fla./Gulliver Prep) corner kick was punched out by Kapotsis, and senior Kierstin Luber's (Cedar Park, Texas/Cedar Park) follow-up shot was blocked before the ball was cleared out of harm's way.

The Lyons had a golden opportunity go for naught at 78:46, when Verde flicked a ball over the Babson defense to senior Cassey Muse (Candia, N.H./Central).  Muse hit a bending ball from the left side of the box toward the far right corner, but Kapotsis made a huge diving save to keep the game scoreless.

Wheaton controlled the first extra session, putting two shots on goal in the final seven minutes.  Sophomore Lauren Corigliano's (Roselle Park, N.J./Roselle Park) shot from 10 yards out and freshman Julia Cipriano's (Middlebury, Conn./Pomperaug) attempt from the top of the box were both saved.

In the second overtime, Muse chipped a shot over the goal frame a little more than a minute into play.  Muse also had the game's final shot at 106:10, but her attempt was picked up by Kapotsis in front of the left post.

Wilson's six stops included three in the second half and two more in overtime.  Senior back Samantha Bennett (Weymouth, Mass./Weymouth) kept the conference's leading scorer at bay while also adding a key defensive play in the closing minutes of the second extra session.

Corner kicks were even a four apiece, while shots were 28-13 in Wheaton's favor.

The Lyons are back in action tomorrow for a non-league game at Plymouth State University at 1:00 p.m.  The teams haven't faced each other since 2002.