Beavers Score Three Times in the Second Half to Pull Away from the Huskies
GORHAM, Maine—First-year Ryan Grund (Princeton Junction, N.J.) finished with a goal and two assists to help visiting Babson College rally to defeat the University of Southern Maine, 4-1, in non-conference men's soccer action on Tuesday afternoon at Hannaford Field.
With the win, Babson improves to 2-0-0 on the young season, while Southern Maine dips to 0-2-1.
Senior Youcef Ziad (Holbrook, Mass.), junior Andrew Josephs (Kingston, Jamaica) and sophomore Mitchell Collins (Burlington, Mass.) all scored once for the Beavers. Senior Chris Czarnecki (Baltimore, Md.) and first-year Jack Dugan (Haddonfield, N.J.) each chipped in with an assist, while senior goalkeeper Austin Mankouski (Suffield, Conn.) made a pair of saves in his first start of the season to earn the victory.
Junior Joseph Kalilwa (Lewiston, Maine) scored his first goal of the season for the Huskies, who got three saves from sophomore Cameron Atherton (New Milford, Conn.).
Ziad got the Green and White on the board in the 30th minute when he settled a long service from Grund before turning and ripping a low shot past Atherton and into the left corner to make it 1-1. Babson then broke the deadlock just over two minutes into the second half when Grund calmly finished Dugan's cross from the penalty spot for his first career marker and a 2-1 advantage.
The Beavers added to their lead just before the hour mark when Collins scored for the second game in a row. Grund played a long ball across the field to Czarnecki on the right wing and Collins flicked his header into the box past Atherton, who came charging off his line, and into the empty net to make it 3-1.
Joseph capped the scoring in the 81st minute with his first tally of the year, blasting home a loose ball from just inside the top of the box.
Babson's four unanswered goals came after Southern Maine jumped on top 1-0 in the seventh minute of the match. Following a foul at the top of the box, Kalilwa ripped a free kick over the wall and into the upper left corner for his first goal of the year.
The Beavers finished with a 15-6 edge in shots and a 5-3 advantage in corner kicks.
Both teams return to action on Saturday as Babson travels to Brandeis at 1 p.m., while Southern Maine visits Husson at 2 p.m.
• Tuesday's was match was the first all-time between the Beavers and Huskies.
• Babson's four goals are its highest total since posting a 5-1 victory over Wheaton on October 14, 2017.
• The three second-half tallies by the Beavers are their most since bagging three goals over the final 45 minutes of a 4-0 win against New England College on September 27, 2017.
• Babson is 5-1-3 over its last nine matches in the month of September.