BABSON PARK, Mass. – Junior Colleen Pepin (Fairhaven, Mass.) scored the game-winning goal four minutes into overtime to lift the visiting Endicott College Gulls to a 1-0 victory over host Babson College in non-conference women’s soccer action on Thursday afternoon. With the win, Endicott improved to 5-2-1 on the year, while the Beavers fell to 5-2-1.
Endicott nearly scored at the 40-minute mark, but sophomore Chelsea Garlock’s (Meriden, Conn.) bid from the right side of the box glanced off the crossbar and was cleared by the Babson defense. The Beavers then had two great chances in the second half, but Gulls’ first-year goalie Natalie Wyrsch (Dover, N.H.) made a pair of diving stops – the first to her right on a shot attempt by sophomore Ashley Tourso (Glen Rock, N.J.) at the 70-minute mark and the second to her left on a bullet by senior captain Patty Pytlick (Wellesley, Mass.) at 80:05.
The Gulls almost pulled out the win with just over four minutes left in regulation, as Pepin hit a bending shot from the top of the box. However, Babson junior goalie Lisa Wojnar (Bellaire, Texas) made a nice one-handed deflection to her right and then covered the ball to keep the game scoreless.
Pepin finally clinched the win for Endicott midway through the first overtime period, as she gathered a failed clear at the top of the box and broke in alone on Wojnar. Babson’s junior keeper made a valiant leaping effort to deflect the ensuing shot, but the ball glanced off the crossbar and just barely crossed the goal line to give the Gulls the 1-0 victory. It was the first goal allowed by Wojnar since taking over as starting keeper back on September 5, snapping a spring of 564 consecutive scoreless minutes.
Wojnar and Wyrsh each finished with five saves in their respective nets.