Women's Soccer Battles To 1-1 2OT Draw With Wheaton In Regular-Season Finale
NORTON, Mass.—Babson College Sophomore Meghan Tyson (Scarborough, Maine) scored early in the first half and Wheaton College drew even on sophomore Lauren Corigliano's (Roselle Park, N.J.) just after halftime as the sides played a double-overtime 1-1 draw in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's soccer action on Tuesday afternoon at Mirrione Stadium.
Babson wraps up the regular season at 9-4-4 overall and 4-3-3 in conference play while Wheaton, which had won five straight matches, is now 12-5-2 overall and 7-1-1 in the league.
Tyson gave the Beavers a 1-0 lead just 7:42 into the contest as she collected a loose ball at the top of the box and hit a drive that beat Lyons' sophomore goalkeeper Taylor Wilson (Bellingham, Mass.). The tally snapped a 270-minute scoreless drought for the teams against each other, after battling to consecutive scoreless draws over the last two seasons.
Wheaton leveled the score at the 55:30 mark as Corigliano notched her fourth goal of the season, converting a header off a free kick from sophomore Julie Beyar (South Hempstead, N.Y.). The Lyons, which outshot Babson 22-5 for the game, held a 14-1 advantage in second-half attempts, but were unable to finish their scoring opportunities.
In the second overtime session, Babson sophomore Nikki Beatham (Pittsford, N.Y.) tested Wilson with a shot in the 101st minute, but Wilson thwarted the attempt to keep the score at 1-1. Beyar ripped a shot near the right side of the box at 107:16 to the right of goal, and with less than two minutes to play junior Gabriella Verde (Miami, Fla.) lifted a quality bid just over the crossbar to highlight both team's last minute scoring chances.
Junior goalkeeper Melina Kapotsis (Watertown, Mass.) made five saves for the Green and White, all of which came in the second half and overtime. Wilson stopped a pair of shots for Wheaton.
Babson will return to action next Tuesday in the NEWMAC Tournament quarterfinals at time and site to be determined, while Wheaton closes its regular season on Saturday when they travel to Smith for a 1 p.m. start.
Game Notes: Babson is now 10-24-8 all-time against Wheaton and played to a draw with the Lyons in each of the last three seasons and four of the last seven meetings…The Beavers are 6-1-1 on the year when leading at halftime…Babson's nine wins marks the 10th consecutive season it has reached at least nine victories…The Beavers four ties are the most since the 2008 team played to six draws.