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Men's Soccer Battles to 1-1 Draw at WPI in NEWMAC Opener

Men's Soccer Battles to 1-1 Draw at WPI in NEWMAC Opener

WORCESTER, Mass.—Visiting Babson College and WPI traded second-half penalty kicks as the sides played to a 1-1 double-overtime draw in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men's soccer action on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Field.

Babson, ranked sixth in the United Soccer Coaches regional poll, is now 2-0-3 overall and 0-0-1 in league play, while WPI, ranked fifth in the region, remains unbeaten at 5-0-1 overall and 0-0-1 in the NEWMAC.

Senior Ian Fromhein (Osterville, Mass.) scored for the Beavers, who got a career-high nine saves from junior goalkeeper Steven Heintzelman (Middleton, Mass.).

Senior Riley Doherty (Shrewsbury, Mass.) notched his first goal of the year for the Engineers. Sophomore goalkeeper Rufus Adams (Duxbury, Mass.) finished with four saves on the day.

Following a scoreless opening half, Fromhein buried a penalty kick for his first goal since 2016 to give the Green and White a 1-0 lead in the 55th minute. Babson had a second tally called back after an offside call just over a minute later, and WPI leveled the match in the 85th minute on Doherty's penalty after junior Matt Mulligan (Hebron, Conn.) was taken down just inside the top of the box.

The Beavers attempted all four of the shots in overtime but Adams came up with a pair of stops, including a diving stop on senior Noah Parker's (Hampden, Maine) in the 92nd minute.

Basbon finished with a 17-13 edge in shots and attempted four of the game's six corner kicks.

The Beavers return to action on Sunday when they travel to Williams at 2 p.m., while WPI hosts Endicott on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

GAME NOTES
• Babson is 39-9-3 all-time against WPI and has earned at least a point in 17 of its last 19 matches (14-2-3) against the Engineers.
• Going back to 2015, 18 of the Beavers' 24 NEWMAC matches have ended in a draw or been decided by a single goal.
• Babson is 6-3-2 in conference openers going back to 2008.
• The Beavers' five-game unbeaten streak is their longest in the month of September since starting 6-0-1 in 2012.

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