MIT, Babson Play to 0-0 Tie
Courtesy of Babson College Sports Information
BABSON PARK, Mass. – Babson College junior goalie Peter Crowley and MIT junior keeper Dylan Rankin each made four saves in their respective nets as the Beavers and Engineers played to a 0-0 double-overtime tie in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men's soccer contest at Hartwell-Rogers Field on Saturday afternoon. With the deadlock, Babson, ranked fourth in the most recent NSCAA New England poll, moved to 8-2-2 overall and 1-0-2 in the conference, while MIT, ranked eighth in the region, moved to 8-2-1 overall and 2-0-1 in the NEWMAC.
Both teams had solid scoring chances in the first half, beginning when Babson's Eric Anderson found some space at the top of the box and ripped a shot toward the right post. However, Rankin made a diving save to his left to keep the game scoreless just over 20 minutes in. The Engineers then threatened when Ben Lewis fed Chase Anderson near the goal mouth on the left side, but Crowley was there to deny his close-range shot attempt with less than two minutes to go in the half.
MIT had the best scoring chance of the second period, but Jonathan Tebes' open bid from 30 yards out sailed just outside the left post less than two minutes in. Babson then slowly took control over the remainder of the game, outshooting the Engineers 11-5 in the second half and 4-0 in the two overtime sessions. However, Rankin turned away the only two bids on net during that stretch, including a spectacular game-saving save with just under eight minutes left in the second overtime. After an MIT foul gave Babson a free kick five yards outside the box, Beavers' Josh Danesh hit a bending ball toward the upper right corner. However, Rankin made a tremendous diving save to knock the ball just beyond the right post.
Babson had one final attempt in the last minute, but Tom Drummy's header off a service from Justin LeBlanc went wide of the right post with 30 seconds remaining as the contest ended in a 0-0 tie.
The Beavers outshot MIT, 20-13, and held an 8-3 advantage in corner kicks in the contest.