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Late Rally Pushes Men’s Soccer Past No. 11/11 Connecticut College, 2-1

Late Rally Pushes Men’s Soccer Past No. 11/11 Connecticut College, 2-1

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Sophomore Eamon Keenan (East Greenwich, R.I.) scored the go-ahead goal in the 88th minute as Babson College rallied to defeat No. 11/11 Connecticut College, 2-1, in non-conference men's soccer action on Tuesday afternoon at Hartwell-Rogers Field.

Babson, which has won three straight games and is unbeaten over its last four matches, improves to 8-4-2 overall. Connecticut College, which saw its three-game unbeaten streak come to an end, drops to 7-2-2 on the year.

Junior Andrew Josephs (Kingston, Jamaica) also had a goal and sophomore Ross Shellow (Miami, Fla.) picked up his first assist of the season for the Beavers. Senior goalkeeper Steven Heintzelman (Middleton, Mass.) finished with eight saves and is now unbeaten in his last seven starts.

Sophomore Steve Yeonas (McLean, Va.) had a goal and sophomore Augie Djerdjaj (Mahopac, N.Y.) chipped in with an assist for the Camels. Junior goalkeeper Chris MacKay (Riverside, Conn.) made two saves in his first start of the season.

Trailing 1-0 late into the second half, the Green and White leveled the match on Josephs' fourth goal of the year in the 80th minute. Connecticut College was unable to clear the ball out of the box following a throw in from the right sideline and an errant pass rolled right to Josephs, who picked out the upper right corner from 15 yards.

Heintzelman kept the match deadlocked with back-to-back saves on Camels' sophomore MT Tshuma (Magwegew, Zimbabwe) in the 85th minute, and Babson went ahead for good on Keenan's strike with 2:37 remaining in the match. MacKay came off his line to push away Shellow's free kick from just inside the midfield stripe, but Keenan settled the loose ball and chipped it into the left corner for his third goal of year.

Connecticut College dominated possession for large periods of the first half and broke through to grab a 1-0 following a flurry in the 32nd minute. Djerdjaj had his first shot blocked by a Beavers' defender and his second denied on a terrific reaction save by Heintzelman, but Yeonas blasted the rebound through traffic from just outside the six-yard box for his fifth marker of the season.

The Camels finished with a 15-12 edge in shots and both teams attempted two corner kicks.

Both teams return to action on Saturday as Babson hosts Wheaton at 1 p.m., while Connecticut College visits No. 12/7 Tufts at 2:30 p.m.

• The Beavers are now 2-0-1 all-time against Connecticut College, and Tuesday's match was the first between the programs since 2009.
• Babson is 8-0-2 this season when allowing one goal or less.
• The Beavers have now faced five of the top seven teams in the region this fall and are 2-2-1 with a victory over then-top-ranked Tufts and a draw with WPI.
• Babson has outscored its last four opponents 6-0 in the second half.