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Game Preview: Men's Soccer vs. No. 4 Brandeis

Game Preview: Men's Soccer vs. No. 4 Brandeis

Men's Soccer vs. No. 4 Brandeis
Saturday, September 8 | 1 p.m.
Hartwell-Rogers Field | Babson Park, Mass.

THE SERIES
• Babson and Brandeis will meet for the 66th time on Saturday afternoon in a series that dates back to 1955.
• The Beavers are 29-26-10 all-time against the Judges but have dropped four of the last five matches between the sides.

LAST MEETING
• Josh Ocel scored off a restart in the 84th minute to help Brandeis edge Babson, 2-1, on September 9, 2017, in Waltham, Mass.
• Ocel's game winner came just 46 seconds after junior Chris Czarnecki had tied the game for the Beavers with his first career goal.

LAST BABSON WIN
• Senior Noah Parker converted a penalty kick in the 108th minute to lift the Beavers to a 1-0 double-overtime victory over then-No. 2/9 Brandeis on September 10, 2016, in Babson Park.
• James Takami '18 made five saves for Babson, while Ben Woodhouse stopped six shots for the Judges.

SCOUTING THE JUDGES
• No. 4 Brandeis (2-1-0), which reached its second consecutive Division III Final Four last season, bounced back from its first loss of the year to defeat Springfield, 2-0, on Wednesday night.
• Junior Bryant Nardizzi and senior Stephen DePietto both scored after halftime for the Judges, who got two saves from Greg Irwin.
• Nardizzi, who played at NC State and UNC Wilmington in his first two collegiate seasons, and senior Andrew Allen both have two goals to lead the Brandeis offense.
• Irwin has made two starts stopping all 12 shots he's faced in 225 minutes of action this fall.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Babson (0-0-2) enters its home opener coming off a 0-0 double-overtime draw at Elizabethtown last Saturday.
• Junior goalkeeper Steven Heintzelman made a career-high seven saves for the Beavers, who were outshot 16-12 in the match.
• First-year Mitchell Collins has one goal, classmate Liam Hanlon has one assist, and Heintzelman has posted a 0.41 goals against average and a .923 save percentage in two starts.
• The Green and White returns its top six scorers from last season, led by the trio of Czarnecki and juniors Youcef Ziad and Alex Crompton who combined for 21 goals last fall.

DOWN TO THE WIRE
• Eight of the last nine matches between Babson and Brandeis have been decided by a single goal
• Five of the last eight fixtures between the sides have been decided in overtime.

TIED UP
• The season-opening results against Dickinson and Elizabethtown marks the first time in the 64-year history of the program that Babson has started a season with consecutive draws.
• The back-to-back ties are the first for the Beavers since 2010. The Green and White also has never played to a draw in three straight matches.

YOUTH MOVEMENT
• Head coach Jon Anderson '75, who ranks seventh among active Division III coaches with 390 wins, had nine first-year players start at least one match last weekend. In all, 10 rookies saw action for Babson against Dickinson and Elizabethtown.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• The Beavers have won their home opener in each of the last six seasons dating back to 2012.

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