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Men's Soccer Suffers OT Setback at No. 6/2 Amherst, 3-2

Men's Soccer Suffers OT Setback at No. 6/2 Amherst, 3-2

AMHERST, Mass.—First-year Ada Okorogheye (London, England) scored his second goal of the game in the 98th minute to help No. 6 United Soccer Coaches/No. 2 Amherst College defeat visiting Babson College in overtime, 3-2, in non-conference men's soccer action on Tuesday afternoon.

Babson, which has dropped two straight matches, slips to 2-2-0 on the year, while Amherst improves to 3-0-0.

Senior Youcef Ziad (Holbrook, Mass.) and sophomore Mitchell Collins (Burlington, Mass.) each had a goal, while seniors Ben Holman (Ashland, Mass.) and Alex Crompton (Killington, Vt.) both chipped in with an assist for the Beavers. Senior goalkeeper Steven Heintzelman (Middleton, Mass.) made a season-high eight saves in defeat.

Senior Dane Lind (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) had a goal and sophomore German Giammattei (Pinecrest, Fla.), junior Bryce Johnson (Plano, Texas) and sophomore Andrew Barkidjija (River Forest, Ill.) all recorded an assist for the Mammoths, who got four saves from fellow sophomore Bernie White (Austin, Texas).

The Green and White took the lead in the 15th minute when Ziad settled a long clearance from Holman and drove towards to the box while holding off a defender before drilling a low shot inside the right post for his second tally of the season. Heintzelman made four first-half stops before Amherst pulled even on Okorogheye's first goal in the 53rd minute.

White made a diving save on Babson sophomore Liam Hanlon (Boxborough, Mass.) in the 64th minute, and the Mammoths responded by taking their first lead when Lind cut inside and ripped a right-footed shot past the outstretched Heintzelman and into the upper right corner in the 77th minute. The Beavers equalized just over six minutes later though on Collins' third marker of the season.

Crompton's side volley following a free kick hit the crossbar, but Collins headed the rebound over White to make it 2-2 in the 84th minute.

Both teams had quality chances in extra time before Okorogheye put the game away with his marker in the 98th minute. Following a buildup down the right side, Johnson slid a centering pass through traffic for Okorogheye, who settled it at the penalty spot and buried his finish inside the left post for the game winner.

Both teams return to action on Saturday as Babson travels to Regis at 3 p.m., while Amherst visits Hamilton for a 1:30 p.m. start.

• Tuesday's match was the first between Babson and Amherst since 2003.
• The Beavers are 4-14-6 all-time against the Mammoths.
• Prior to Tuesday's loss, Babson had won 22 straight games when scoring at least two goals, a streak that began following a 3-2 loss to William Paterson on September 3, 2016.