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Men's Soccer, WPI Battle to 0-0 Draw in NEWMAC Opener

Men's Soccer, WPI Battle to 0-0 Draw in NEWMAC Opener

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Babson College and visiting WPI battled to a 0-0 double-overtime draw in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men's soccer opener for both sides on Saturday afternoon at Hartwell-Rogers Field.

Both teams extended their conference regular season unbeaten streaks to eight matches as Babson is now 3-3-1 overall and 0-0-1 in league play, while WPI is 4-1-2 overall and 0-0-1 in the NEWMAC.

Senior Steven Heintzelman (Middleton, Mass.) made six saves to record his second shutout in five starts this season for the Beavers, while his counterpart, Engineers' junior Rufus Adams (Duxbury, Mass.), finished with four saves while keeping his fourth clean sheet of the year.

The best scoring chance for either side in the opening half came in the 36th minute when WPI first-year Franco Bazzini (San Juan, Puerto Rico) sent a low serice just over the crossbar 10 yards from goal. Heintzelman recorded three of his six stops over the final 45 minutes, and then easily handled Matt Mulligan's () bid to end the game off a cross from the left flank just 33 seconds into overtime.

Babson was outshot 16-8 on the day, although the teams combined for just 11 shots on target. WPI also finished with a slim 5-3 edge in corner kicks. The Beavers and Engineers, who ranked first and second in the NEWMAC, respectively, in goals against average last season, also combined for 34 fouls.

Babson returns to action on Wednesday when it hosts New England College at 3:30 p.m., while WPI visits Roger Williams on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

• The Beavers are 39-9-4 all-time against WPI, and the sides have played to a draw in two straight seasons to open conference play.
• Babson is 6-3-4 in its NEWMAC opener going back to 2008.
• Saturday's scoreless draw is the Beavers' first since September 29, 2018, when it was held to a 0-0 result at MIT.
• The Green and White has conceded just four goals over its last 10 games against NEWMAC foes.