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Men's Soccer Held to 1-1 Draw by MIT

Men's Soccer Held to 1-1 Draw by MIT

BABSON PARK, Mass.—First-year Noah Labelle (Bradenton, Fla.) scored the game-tying goal in the 71st minute as Babson College and visiting MIT played to a 1-1 double-overtime draw in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men's soccer action on Saturday afternoon at Hartwell-Rogers Field.

Babson is now 5-4-2 overall and 1-0-2 in league play, while MIT sits at 4-1-5 overall and is also 1-0-2 in the NEWMAC.

Senior Ben Holman (Ashland, Mass.) recorded his team-leading sixth assist for the Beavers, who got two saves from senior goalkeeper Steven Heintzelman (Middleton, Mass.).

First-year Hendrik Mayer (Montville, N.J.) scored his first collegiate goal for the Engineers. Classmate Will Seiple (Boulder, Colo.) added an assist and senior goalkeeper Jeremy Cowham (Quincy, Mass.) made a career-high 13 saves for the visitors.

Despite outshooting MIT 12-1 over the opening 45 minutes, the Green and White trailed 1-0 at the break after Mayer drilled a 25-yard shot into the upper left corner in the 26th minute. After being frustrated over the early portion of the second half, the Beavers finally broke through to level the match in the 71st minute. Holman stripped an Engineer defender 30 yards from goal and fed Labelle, who calmly beat Cowham from 10 yards for his second career goal.

MIT was reduced to 10 men when first-year Nick Ciepley (Carlsbad, Calif.) was sent off after a second yellow card in the 74th minute, but nearly won the game in the closing seconds of regulation only to see Heintzelman snare junior Loukas Carayannopoulos' (Westfield, N.J.) header at the crossbar. Cowham was perfectly positioned to make a pair of stops early in extra time and then denied sophomore Mitchell Collins (Burlington, Mass.) bid to end the match at the near post in the 99th minute.

Heintzelman punched a 30-yard blast by Seiple over the crossbar in the 106th minute, and Cowham came charging off his line to deny Babson senior Youcef Ziad (Holbrook, Mass.) with a sliding save in the 107th minute. Collins had his last-ditch shot from distance deflect off a defender before getting punched out of danger in the closing seconds.

The Green and White finished with a 31-5 edge in shots and attempted nine of the 12 corner kicks in the match.

Babson returns to action on Tuesday when it hosts top-ranked Tufts at 3:30 p.m., while MIT travels to Bridgewater State on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.

GAME NOTES
• The Beavers are now 39-9-6 all-time against MIT, and each of the last two matches have ended in a draw.
• Nine of the last 10 matches between the sides have either finished tied or been decided by a single goal.
• Babson is unbeaten in 10 straight (6-0-4) NEWMAC regular season matches going back to last year.
• The Beavers are 0-2-2 in overtime games this season.

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