WORCESTER -- Wellesley's Deyanira Ibarra (Los Olivos, CA) and WPI's Leah Beauton (Colchester, CT) traded goals in the opening 10 minutes and then the two teams played 100 minutes of scoreless women's soccer as the visiting Blue and the host Engineers played to a 1-1 double overtime NEWMAC draw Saturday morning in Alumni Stadium.
The Engineers are now unbeaten (3-0-1) in four consecutive games for the third time this season and are 13-3-1 overall and 5-2-1 in conference action. The result all but secures a sixth straight appearance in the NEWMAC Tournament for WPI under sixth-year head coach Steph Riley-Schafer and keeps the Crimson and Gray in the mix for a quarterfinal home match. Wellesley is now 4-11-1 on the season and 1-7-1 in NEWMAC play.
The match started with a flurry of scoring. The visiting Blue got onto the scoreboard first when Ibarra headed a WPI misclear into the net for her third of the season at 6:20. The Engineers responded just under two minutes later when Beauton raced past the defense on the left side and ripped a shot into the upper left corner at 8:18. The marker was the junior's 12th of 2019. WPI has the best chances the rest of the half but Wellesley defender Liz Zhou (McLean, VA) broke up a scoring bid in the 26th minute and Beauton had a shot saved and another sail high two minutes later.
The hosts again had excellent scoring chances in the 76th minute but Annika Keck's (Oakland, CA) bid was cleared off the line by Eliza Roy (Camden, ME) and Josie Kim's (San Jose, CA) rebound went just wide.
In overtime WPI outshot the guests 5-1 but only one shot required a save.
Mandy St. Germain (Upton, MA) was credited with three saves for the Crimson and Gray while Olivia Reckley (Grosse Ile, MA) was outstanding in net for the Blue, recording a career-best 16 saves.
For the match, WPI held a 35-8 advantage in shots and a 13-3 edge in corner kicks.
WPI hits the road for its final two NEWMAC matches, visiting league-leading and nationally-ranked MIT on Tuesday at 5pm and second place Springfield on Saturday at 1pm. Wellesley concludes its 2019 campaign at Babson on Tuesday at 3pm.