WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.—Junior Demian Gass (Houston, Tx.) scored the game winning goal with in less than 20 seconds left in regulation to help Williams College defeat visiting Babson College, 2-1, in non-conference men's soccer action on Sunday afternoon at Cole Field.
Babson, which suffered its first loss of the year, drops to 2-1-3, while Williams improves to 2-0-1 overall.
First-year Ben Cawood (Santa Rosa, Calif.) scored his first career goal, while classmate Mitchell Collins (Burlington, Mass.) earned his second assist of the year. Junior goalkeeper Steven Heintzelman (Middleton, Mass.) recorded four saves in his first career loss.
Senior Sean Dory (Troy, N.Y.) recorded the first goal for the Ephs in the win, and first-year Jules Oberg (Stockholm, Sweden) notched an assist. Senior Aaron Schein (New York, N.Y.) only needed to make three saves to earn his second win of the year.
The Green and White struck first scoring a goal in the sixth minute. Collins shot the ball from the top of the box and Cawood got a touch on it to redirect it past Schein to give the Beavers a 1-0 lead.
Junior Chris Czarnecki (Baltimore, Md.) tried to increase the advantgae after launching the ball on goal form 10 yards out after a free kick, but it was headed away by an Eph defender in the 10th minute. Williams had its best chance of the early going nine minutes later, but Heintzelman snared Gregory Andreou's () 20-yard shot that was headed for the upper corner to keep the hosts off the board.
With 19 minutes remaining in the half, Babson failed to clear the ball after a Williams's free kick, and Dory blasted a half-volley from 25 yards out that dipped under the crossbar, tying the game at 1-1 going into the half.
Babson got off to a great start in the second half with several scoring opportunities. In the 50th minute a header by Cawood following a corner kick sailed over the crossbar, and eight minutes later senior Ian Fromhein (Osterville, Mass.) sent a thru ball to classmate Noah Parker (Hampden, Maine) whose shot from 12 yards was saved by Schein at the near post to keep the game tied at 1-1.
With overtime looming, Oberg gained control of the ball at midfield and dribbled 30 yards before finding Gass, who slotted a shot from the middle of hte box inside the left post to put Williams in front for good.
The Beavers trailed the Ephs in both shots, 15-7, and corner kicks, 5-1.
Both teams return to action on Saturday as Babson hosts Springfield at 2 p.m. while Williams hits the road a 2:30 p.m. match with Amherst.
• The Beavers are 10-27-3 all-time against the Ephs and have dropped four straight matches in the series.
• Sunday's loss snapped Babson's five-game unbeaten streak, which was its longest run without a loss in the month of September since 2012.
• Babson is 14-8-6 going back to the start of the 2016 complain against non-conference opponents.