NORTON, Mass. – In a tight battle of two top New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) teams, the Wheaton College women's soccer team ended in a 0-0 tie against the Babson College Beavers on Tuesday. The tie currently holds Babson in the No. 1 and Wheaton in the No. 3 spot of the NEWMAC rankings.
Already clinching a berth to the NEWMAC tournament, the tie moves the Lyons to 12-5-1 overall and 5-2-1 in conference while Babson adjusts to 12-3-3 and 5-2-1.
The Beavers kicked the action off in the first half with a shot on goal that was scooped up and saved by goalkeeper Leann Wolf. Babson tried to continue break through with a couple more shots, but came up empty as Wheaton's defense went to work.
It was the battle of defense in the second half as both teams had opportunities to score, but were denied from the defenders and goalkeeper. Brooke Collard received a crossover pass from Cipriano off a corner kick that she headed in aiming for a goal, but was saved at the last second.
In the first overtime, Babson tried to utilize their corner kicks, but Wheaton's defenders blocked them from grabbing a goal to win the game. Later on in the second overtime, Cipriano put up two more shot attempts for Wheaton to try and break through with the game winner, but ran out of time as the final score settled at 0-0.
Wolf moves to 8-3-2 overall as goalkeeper, collecting six saves while Wheaton outshot Babson 15-13.
The Lyons travel to Smith College (7-5-4, 3-2-3 NEWMAC) for their last regular season game. The matchup is set for Saturday at 1 p.m.