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Women's Soccer Battles to 2-2 Double-Overtime Draw with MIT

Women's Soccer Battles to 2-2 Double-Overtime Draw with MIT

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Junior Meghan Lee (Stow, Mass.) and sophomore Emma Dineen (Hinsdale, Ill.) both scored in the second half as Babson College battled to a 2-2 double-overtime draw with regionally-ranked MIT in New England Women's and Men's Athletic conference (NEWMAC) women's soccer action on Saturday afternoon at Hartwell-Rogers Field.

Babson, which clinched a spot in next month's conference tournament is now 8-5-3 overall and 5-3-1 in league play, while MIT, which is sixth in the initial NCAA regional rankings, moves to 13-4-1 overall and 6-1-1 in the NEWMAC.

Senior Olivia Kerester (Chappaqua, N.Y.), junior Colleen Beggan (Medfield, Mass.) and sophomore Jessica Fernandes (Pawtucket, R.I.) all recorded an assist for the Beavers. Classmate Maddison Gierschick (Hopkinton, Mass.) made all eight of her saves in the second half and overtime for the Green and White.

Junior Jacqueline Simmons (Houston, Texas) scored twice for the Engineers, while first-years Emily Berzolla (Riverside, Conn.) and Claire O'Callaghan (Sherborn, Mass.) both finished with an assist. Senior goalkeeper Lauren Ullman (Princeton, N.J.) recorded four saves.

MIT took the lead in the 34th minute when Simmons beat a defender in the box and volleyed O'Callaghan's corner into the upper left corner for her second goal of the season. Babson leveled the match less than two minutes into the second half on Dineen's third marker of the year. Fernandes played the ball down the right flank for Kerester and she found Dineen alone at the penalty spot for the finish.

The Beavers took their first lead of the game on Lee's first goal of the year in the 82nd minute. Beggan's corner kick skipped through the box and found Lee alone at the back post for the header. The Engineers responded with Simmons' equalizer in the 86th minute. Gierschick made a tremendous diving save on Berzolla's 25-yard free kick, but Simmons touched home the rebound from inside the six-yard box to make it 2-2.

MIT outshot the Green and White 6-2 in extra time, but both goalkeepers were called upon to make huge saves. Gierschick punched away another free kick by Berzolla in the 98th minute and denied junior Olivia Struckman's (Scottsdale, Ariz.) game-winning bid in the 101st minute, while Ullman came 15 yards off her line to deny Kerester on a breakaway in the 104th minute.

The Engineers finished with 20-9 edge in shots and a 13-5 advantage in corner kicks.

Both teams return to action on Tuesday as Babson hosts Wheaton in its regular-season finale at 3:30 p.m., while MIT takes on Emerson at 4 p.m.

GAME NOTES
•    The Beavers are now 24-8-7 all-time against MIT.
•    Babson is 5-0-2 this season when scoring at least two goals.
•    The Green and White is 1-1-3 in overtime this season.
•    Fernandes has at least one point in five consecutive games and has four goals and three assists during that stretch.

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