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Game Preview: Men's Soccer at WPI

Game Preview: Men's Soccer at WPI

Men's Soccer at WPI
Saturday, September 15 | 12 p.m.
Alumni Field | Worcester, Mass.

THE SERIES
• Babson and WPI will meet for the 51st time on Saturday in a series that dates back to 1974.
• The Beavers are 39-9-2 all-time against the Engineers and have gone 14-2-2 over the last 18 matches between the sides.

LAST MEETING
• Junior Paul Beatty scored twice in less than three minutes early in the second half to help WPI rally for a 2-1 win over the Beavers on September 16, 2017, in Babson Park.
• Junior Alex Crompton scored in the fourth minute for the Beavers.

LAST BABSON WIN
• Senior Noah Parker scored in the 40th minute and Kofi Abankroh '17 converted a penalty kick in the 75th minute as the Beavers defeated WPI, 2-0, on October 22, 2016, in Babson Park.
• James Takami '18 recorded a clean sheet with two saves for Babson.

SCOUTING THE ENGINEERS
• WPI (5-0-0, 0-0-0 NEWMAC) is unbeaten in its last eight matches dating back to last year after defeating Brandeis, 1-0, in OT on Tuesday night.
• Senior Frank Ciliberto scored on a free kick in the 92nd minute and Rufus Adams made four saves for the Engineers.
• Ciliberto (3-1-7) and juniors Jackson Conroy (2-1-5) and Brandon Hima (2-1-5) have combined for seven goals, while senior Spencer Ralphs (1-2-4) leads the squad in assists.
• Adams boasts a 0.21 goals against average and a .917 save percentage to go along with three shutouts, who have conceded just one goal on the year.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Babson (2-0-2, 0-0-0 NEWMAC) remained unbeaten with a 1-0 victory over Lesley on Tuesday afternoon.
• First-year Evan Gaudreau scored in the 68th minute and junior goalkeeper Steven Heintzelman made three saves for the Beavers, who finished with a 20-3 edge in shots.
• First-year Mitchell Collins (1-1-3) picked up an assist in Tuesday's win, while Crompton and first-year Ross Shellow have each scored once over the first four matches.
• Heintzelman owns a 0.22 goals against average and a .957 save percentage to go along with three shutouts in four starts.

POLLING NUMBERS
• Despite missing last year's NEWMAC Tournament, the Beavers received one first-place vote and came in second, just behind defending conference tournament champions WPI, when the league released its preseason poll in late August.
• The Green and White debuted at No. 6 in the United Soccer Coaches regional rankings on Tuesday. The Engineers are fifth in the regional poll, while Sunday's opponent Williams is ranked seventh.

THIN LINE BETWEEN VICTORY AND DEFEAT
• Dating back to 2015, 17 of Babson's 23 matches against NEWMAC foes have been decided by a single goal or ended in a draw.

EARLY-SEASON SUCCESS
• Babson's current four-game unbeaten streak is its longest in the month of September since getting off to a 6-0-1 start back in 2012.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• The Beavers are 6-3-1 in NEWMAC openers going back to 2008.

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