Men's Soccer Draws to a 1-1 Tie in NEWMAC Action on Homecoming

Paul Moan

Worcester, MA --- The WPI and Babson men's soccer teams battled to a 1-1 double overtime draw Saturday morning on Homecoming at WPI's sun-soaked Alumni Field.  With the result, the host Engineers are now 4-5-1 on the season and 0-2-1 in NEWMAC play while the Beavers move their record to 8-2-1 overall and 1-0-1 in conference action.

Both teams had quality scoring chances during a scoreless first half.  Babson's Ayo Iwuagwu (Lagos, Nigeria) had his initial shot in the 37th minute repelled by WPI goalkeeper Paul Moan (Watertown, MA) and his follow-up header floated just over the crossbar.  The iron came into play four minuets later when WPI's Jason Hopkins (Mendon, MA) had his shot deflected off the crossbar by Babson netminder Peter Crowley (Lexington, MA).
 
WPI broke the scoring drought early in the second half when they took advantage of a Babson miscommunication in the backfield and netted an own goal 50:57.  The Beavers evened the match at 70:23 when Tom Drummy (Duxbury, MA) notched his first career goal when he knocked home the ball following a scrum in front of the net.
 
Each team had opportunities to win in the extra sessions with Babson taking five of the seven shots in the overtime periods.  For the game, the Beavers outshot the Engineers 17-6 and took 12 of the game's 14 corner kicks.
 
Moan recorded five saves in net for WPI while Crowley registered three stops for the visitors. 
 
WPI is off until Thursday, October 14th when they kickoff a four-game road trip with a non-conference contest at Fitchburg State.  Babson begins a four-game homestand Wednesday at 3:30pm by hosting Connecticut College.