Babson Park, MA -- Babson senior Olivia Kerester (Chappaqua, NY) scored on a breakaway 1:46 into the second overtime to lift the Beavers to a 1-0 win over visiting WPI in NEWMAC women's soccer action on Tuesday afternoon at Hartwell-Rogers Field.
With the victory, Babson is now 5-2-2 overall and in first place in the NEWMAC at 3-0. WPI, which had its four-game unbeaten streak snapped and is ranked seventh in the latest NSCAA New England coaches poll, falls to 7-2-1 overall and 2-1 in league play.
Kerster, who hit the post late in the first extra session took a long thru ball from first-year Maggie McCabe (Weston, MA) and touched it past a defender before slotting a shot past Engineers' sophomore goalkeeper Gabi Hoops (Stonington, CT) for her second game-winning tally in as many matches. Junior Victoria Penta (Belmont, MA) also picked up an assist on the play after collecting a throw in on the right sideline and finding McCabe at midfield.
The first overtime nearly saw WPI emerge victorious as just moments before Kerster hit the post, Babson goalie Maddison Gierschick (Hopkinton, MA) punched a Kristen McCrea (Weymouth, MA) shot from the top of the box over the bar.
After a first half that the visiting Engineers attempt seven of the eight shots, the best opportunities to score came in the second stanza. McCrea, who logged a game-best six shots in the match, had a good look top of the box in the 46th minute. A wild sequence occurred midway through the second half in the 64th minute when Sophie Gomarlo (Swanzey, NH) had a shot deflect off two Babson defenders following a corner in the 64th and Lynn Renner's (Aberdeen, SD) initial rebound was blocked before Jane Bingel's (Wrentham, MA) bid sailed high.
WPI enjoyed a 20-7 edge in shots on the day and slight 4-3 advantage in corners. Babson's Meghan Lee (Stow, MA) and WPI's Erin Bracken (Bridgewater, MA) joined McCrea, Kerester, Bingel and Gomarlo with multiple shots on the day. Gierschick (2-0-1) registered seven stops while Hoops (7-2-1) was not called upon to make a save.
Both teams return to action on Saturday as Babson hosts Springfield at 1pm, while WPI travels to Emerson for a 4pm start.
Release Courtesy Babson Sports Information