SOUTH HADLEY, Mass.—The Babson College women's soccer team recorded a season-high 24 shots, including 10 on target, but was forced to settle for a 0-0 double-overtime draw with Mount Holyoke College in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) opener for both teams on Saturday afternoon.
Babson, which is unbeaten in its last three matches, is now 6-1-1 overall and 0-0-1 in the conference, while Mount Holyoke moves to 3-2-1 overall and 0-0-1 in the NEWMAC. The tie between the sides was the first in 34 meetings all-time.
The Beavers, who finished with a 24-12 edge in shots and a 9-0 advantage in corner kicks, dominated possession for long stretches of the match. Junior Olivia Kerester (Chappaqua, N.Y.) missed just wide with a header in the 11th minute and chipped a shot that was tipped away by Lyons' junior goalkeeper Zoe Marshall (Mississauga, Ontario) in the 64th minute.
Babson continued to press forward late in regulation and throughout the first overtime period. Junior Jennifer Narlee's (Medfield, Mass.) header following a corner kick in the 98th minute was just off target, as was first-year Jessica Fernandes' (Pawtucket, R.I.) shot in the 100th minute.
Mount Holyoke's best scoring chance of the day came in the 69th minute when first-year Dale Leonheart's (Petaluma, Calif.) shot from distance caromed off the crossbar and out of danger.
Beavers' first-year goalkeeper Maddison Gierschick (Hopkinton, Mass.) posted her second consecutive clean sheet and matched her career high with five saves, while Marshall stopped a season-high 10 shots for the Lyons.
Both teams return to action on Tuesday as Babson visits nationally-ranked Brandeis at 3 p.m., while Mount Holyoke hosts RPI at 6 p.m.
• Babson is now 23-10-1 all-time against Mount Holyoke.
• The draw in their NEWMAC opener was the first for the Beavers since a 0-0 result against Wellesley in 2010.
• Babson is unbeaten in its last 12 road matches (8-0-4) and has conceded just two goals in its last seven road matches.
• The Beavers have posted clean sheets in seven of their eight games this season, and lowered their league-leading goals against average to 0.24.
• The Green and White is now 18-1-6 when holding its opponents to one goal or less since 10/12/13.