BABSON PARK, Mass.—Junior Olivia Kerester (Chappaqua, N.Y.) scored in the 70th minute as Babson College rallied to earn a 1-1 double-overtime draw with visiting Smith College in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's soccer action on Saturday afternoon at Hartwell-Rogers Field.
With the draw, Babson is now 6-2-2 overall and 0-0-2 in conference play, while Smith moves to 3-2-3 and 0-0-2 in the NEWMAC.
Despite holding a 22-7 edge in shots, including 16 on target, the Green and White was forced to rally after junior Innis Hitt (Arlington, Va.) gave the Pioneers the lead with her first goal of the season in the 16th minute. Kerester was able to equalize though, collecting a feed from senior Kristina Simonson (Easton, Mass.) and drilling a left-footed shot from just inside the box past Smith sophomore goalkeeper Shelby Hall (West Springfield, Mass.).
Kerester had a pair of chances denied by Hall late in regulation, and the Beavers continued to pressure for the game winner throughout the first overtime period. Senior Leisl Bard (Agawam, Mass.) broke into the box but had her attempt cleared out of danger in the 95th minute. Kerester then got to the rebound of a header by junior Jennifer Narlee (Medfield, Mass.) in the 96th minute only to have a Smith defender clear her shot from inside the six-yard box off the goal line.
First-year Elizabeth Mycock (Windham, Maine) finished with four saves for the Green and White, while Hall made 12 stops in the second half and overtime for the Pioneers in relief of sophomore Camryn Biasin (Lee, Mass.), who turned away two first-half shots.
Both teams return to action on Tuesday at 4 p.m. as Babson travels to WPI, while Smith will be at Western New England.
• The Beavers are 22-18-2 all-time against Smith and are unbeaten in the last 10 matches between the sides (9-0-1).
• The back-to-back draws in conference play are the first for Babson since 2006.
• The Green and White is now 5-1-1 at home this season and 20-4-4 at Hartwell-Rogers Field since 10/29/13.
• Babson is 7-2-5 in its last 14 games against NEWMAC opponents.