Women's Soccer Plays to 1-1 2OT Draw at WPI

Women's Soccer Plays to 1-1 2OT Draw at WPI

WORCESTER, Mass.—Visiting Babson College and WPI traded goals over the final seven minutes of regulation and played to a 1-1 double-overtime draw in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's soccer action on Tuesday night at Alumni Stadium.

With the result, Babson is now 3-6-2 overall and 0-1-2 in conference play, while WPI is 7-4-1 and 1-2-1 in the NEWMAC.

Junior Jessica Fernandes (Pawtucket, R.I.) had a goal and sophomore Maggie McCabe (Weston, Mass.) added an assist for the Beavers. Junior goalkeeper Maddison Gierschick (Hopkinton, Mass.) finished with nine saves.

Senior Karina Larson (Storrs, Conn.) scored with 1:01 left in regulation for the Engineers, who got seven saves from junior goalkeeper Gabriela Hoops (Stonington, Conn.).

Following a scoreless 45 minutes, the game opened up in a second half that saw both sides produce multiple scoring chances. McCabe was stationed perfectly at the right post following a corner kick to clear WPI senior Sophie Gomarlo's (Swazey, N.H.) bid to break the deadlock off the goal line in the 66th minute, while Hoops made a pair of saves on Babson junior Emma Dineen (Hinsdale, Ill.) less than eight minutes later.

Fernandes gave the Green and White a 1-0 lead in the 84th minute when she ripped a shot from the edge of the box into the upper right corner for her second goal of the year. Gierschick punched away a free kick by Engineers' Larson in the 86th minute, but she got her revenge in the 89th minute by blasting a 19-yard free kick through the wall and past Gierschick to force extra time.

Fernandes had the best chance for either side in overtime, but Hoops came off her line to make a diving save on her breakaway attempt in the 98th minute.

WPI finished with a 21-12 edge in shots and a 5-4 advantage in corner kicks.

Both teams return to action on Saturday as Babson hosts Coast Guard at 2 p.m., while the Engineers take on Emerson at 1 p.m.

GAME NOTES
• The Beavers are 13-8-3 all-time against WPI and have gone 5-1-2 in their last seven matches against the Engineers.
• Over Babson's last 13 NEWMAC fixtures, 11 have been decided by a single goal or finished in a draw.
• The Green and White is 2-1-2 when scoring the first goal of the match this season.
• Babson is now 3-0-2 on the year when conceding one goal or less.

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