BABSON PARK, Mass.—Junior Jackson Greenspan (Meriden, N.H.) and sophomore Youcef Ziad (Holbrook, Mass.) each had a goal as Babson College defeated Mitchell College, 2-0, in non-conference men's soccer action on Wednesday afternoon at Hartwell-Rogers Field.
Babson, which has won four of its last six matches, improves to 8-7-0 on the year, while Mitchell drops to 4-8-1 overall.
Senior Pat O'Rourke (Hingham, Mass.), juniors Ted Hilger (Hopkinton, Mass.) and Noah Parker (Hampden, Maine), and sophomore Luke Beaulieu (Westfield, N.J.) all recorded an assist for the Beavers. Fellow sophomore Steven Heintzelman (Middleton, Mass.), who was making his first career start, made two saves.
Sophomore goalkeeper Seth Strader (Preston, Conn.) turned away seven shots for the Mariners.
The Green and White jumped on top in the 13th minute when Ziad ran onto a ball over the Mitchell back line and touched it past Strader before finding the open net for his team-leading eighth goal of the year. The Beavers narrowly missed on a trio of opportunities to extend their lead in the opening half, which included Strader denying first-year Andrew Josephs (Kingston, Jamaica) following a corner kick in the 34th minute.
The Mariners had two of the best scoring chances of the second half, but Heintzelman handled both to keep the hosts in front. He denied a blast from the top of the box by sophomore Nicholas Ghirardi (Salem, Conn.) in the 48th minute, and then came off his line to smother a shot by sophomore Christian Urena (Griswold, Conn.) following a giveaway in the 66th minute.
The Beavers finally put the game away with an insurance tally from Greenspan in the 76th minute. Strader made a kick save on Parker's shot from the left side of the box, but Mitchell was unable to clear the ball and Greenspan headed home O'Rourke's service from the left flank to make it 2-0.
Babson finished with a 21-4 edge in shots and an 11-1 advantage in corner kicks.
Both teams return to action on Saturday as the Beavers host Clark at 2:30 p.m., while Mitchell travels to Dean at 1 p.m.
• Tuesday's match marked the first meeting between Babson and Mitchell.
• The Beavers are 8-0-0 all-time against current NECC opponents.
• Ziad's eight goals are the most by a Babson sophomore since Eric Anderson '13 finished with 13 markers in 2010.
• The Green and White is now 6-3-0 at home this season and has outscored its foes 22-10 at Hartwell-Rogers Field.