SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Second-seeded Babson College converted its first four penalty kick opportunities to advance past third-seeded MIT in the semifinal round of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Women's Soccer Tournament at Springfield College on Saturday. The contest officially ended in a 0-0 double-overtime tie, with Babson moving on in PKs.
The Beavers, now 11-6-2 on the year, will now play top-seeded Springfield in Sunday's NEWMAC championship game at 1 p.m. It will be Babson's first trip to the league finals since 2007.
Junior goalie Lisa Wojnar (Bellaire, Texas) was magnficient in net for the Beavers, making 13 saves, including two huge stops in the closing minutes of the second overtime. At the end other, MIT sophomore keeper Meghan Wright (Devon, Pa.) finished with five saves.
The Engineers held a 19-10 shot advantage in the contest, as well as a 7-2 edge in corner kicks.
Babson shot first in the penalty kick phase, with sophomore Emily Anderson (Scituate, Mass.) converting her team's the first attempt. Wojnar then came up with a gigantic save on MIT's first bid.
The two teams traded their next three attempts, with first-year Carley Martyniak (Foxboro, Mass.), first-year Meghan Andrew (Easton, Mass.), and sophomore Amy Festa (Medfield, Mass.) scoring for the Beavers. For MIT, Emily Kuo (Chicago, Ill.), Alisha Lussiez (Livonia, Mich.), and Andrea Park (Irvine, Calif.) all found the net, as Babson took a 4-3 lead into the final round.
Wright kept MIT's hopes alive, as she saved a shot by Babson senior captain Patty Pytlik (Wellesley, Mass.). However, Merricka Livingstone's (Palm Bay, Fla.) shot at the lower right-hand corner ricocheted off the post, giving the Beavers the penalty kick win and sending them into the championship round.