Howes, Cipriano both score in the tie
BABSON PARK, Mass. – The Wheaton College women's soccer team played to a 2-2 double overtime draw against New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) foe Babson College on Tuesday evening at Hartwell-Rogers Field.
Wheaton senior Kelsee Howes (Maynard, Mass./Maynard) opened the scoring for the Blue and White just 12 minutes into the match, burying a feed from sophomore Kaitlin Montoya (Placentia, Calif./Orange Lutheran) for a 1-0 lead. Junior Julia Cipriano (Middlebury, Conn./Pomperaug) doubled the Lyons' advantage in the 30th minute with her sixth goal of the season, converting a pass from senior Lauren Corigliano (Roselle Park, N.J./Roselle Park) and blasting a shot past Beavers' senior goalkeeper Melina Kapotsis (Watertown, Mass./Watertown) from the left flank.
The Lyons outshot Babson, 9-5, at the end of the first half and also held a slim 3-2 differential in corners.
In the second stanza, the Beavers struck for a pair of second-half goals to level the score and force the eventual overtime sessions. Senior forward/midfielder Jessica DiPhilippo (Falmouth, Maine/Falmouth) cut the deficit in half in the 66th minute with her team-leading eight marker of the season. Junior Meghan Tyson (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough) crossed the ball from the left wing into the box where DiPhilippo touched it past Lyons' junior goalkeeper Ali Hinton (Lafayette, Colo./Alexander Dawson School) from six yards out.
Wheaton's defense held Babson at bay until the 86th minute when first-year midfielder Victoria Penta (Belmont, Mass./BB&N) found the equalizer for the hosts after she redirected a shot by sophomore back/midfielder Jennifer Narlee (Medfield, Mass./Medfield) into the net. DiPhilippo was credited with an assist on the tally as she fed Narlee at the top of the box.
In overtime, Babson held a 4-1 edge in shots but neither side had an attempt on target. The Beavers finished with an 18-12 advantage in shots, and both teams attempted three corner kicks.
Hinton stopped a game-high five shots, while Kapotsis notched one save, which came in the second half off the foot of Corigliano at the 48:48 mark of the stanza. Wheaton junior back Julie Beyar (South Hempstead, N.Y./South Side) also aided Hinton in keeping Babson scoreless in the first half clearing a ball off the goal in the 42nd minute. Beavers' junior Leisl Bard (Agawam, Mass./Agawam) slid a pass to sophomore Olivia Kerester (Chappaqua, N.Y./Greeley), who's shot from 10 yards beat Hinton before Beyar thwarted the potential goal chance.
Wheaton (11-6-2, 5-3-1 NEWMAC) hosts Smith College on Saturday in a NEWMAC clash at 2 p.m. The Lyons will honor its four seniors before the contest, which includes Corigliano, Howes, Gabriella Verde (Miami, Fla./Gulliver Prep) and Laila Razzaghi (Ringoes, N.J./Princeton Day School). Babson (11-3-3, 6-2-2 NEWMAC) will host an opponent to be determined later in a NEWMAC Tournament quarterfinal match next Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.