Mens Soccer Succumbs to League Leader Babson 2-1 on the Road

Stephen Partridge

Babson Park, MA --- Sophomore Justin Laurenzo (Park Ridge, NJ) scored the game-winning goal at 68:10 to help give Babson College a 2-1 come-from-behind win over WPI in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference men's soccer action on Saturday afternoon at Hartwell-Rogers Field.

With its third straight victory, Babson moves to 8-2-1 overall and stays undefeated in NEWMAC play at 3-0-0, while WPI drops to 7-3-0 overall and 1-2-0 in the NEWMAC.

WPI opened the scoring just 14:43 into the match when senior midfielder Stephen Partridge (Worcester, MA) scored his first goal of the season. Sophomore midfielder Eric Crevoiserat (Glastonbury, CT) played a ball from the center of the field out wide to Partridge who hit a 25-yard blast from the right wing that found the upper corner inside the left post for a 1-0 advantage.
Babson missed on two golden opportunities to level the score less than five minutes later as WPI junior goalkeeper Jeff Wong (Millington, NJ) made two great saves. Wong started the play by coming off his line to deny a point-blank attempt from the Beavers' Tyler Carlos (Prospect, CT) as he broke free inside the penalty box. He then fouled Carlos as the two raced after the rebound attempt, but atoned for his mistake by denying a penalty kick from Babson senior Eric Anderson (Scituate, MT) to keep the Engineers ahead 1-0 after 45 minutes.
The Beavers wasted little time in finding the equalizer to open the second half though, as their pressure finally paid off when senior forward Ayo Iwuagwu (Lagos, Nigeria) tallied his second goal of the season just 4:03 after halftime. Junior Mike Fisher (Longmeadow, MA) got the play started, sending a ball from the midfield out wide to Iwuagwu, who able to allude Wong and then chip the ball into the open net to knot the score at 1-1.
Babson continued to press forward to create chances as Fisher hit the post in the 51st minute, and Laurenzo and back David Abers (Fort Lauderdale, FL) both forced Wong to make saves with shots on frame in the 60th minute and 62nd minute, respectively.

Laurenzo's game-winning tally came on the heels of another flurry, as junior Kevin Israel (Lafayette Hill, PA) gathered possession after senior Salo Guindi's (Mexico City, Mexico) shot was blocked by a WPI defender. Israel fed Anderson just inside the penalty box, and he slid a nifty ball to Laurenzo who hit a shot from 12 yards out just inside the left post for his third goal of the season and his first career game-winner.

Junior goalkeeper Jackson Klein (Maplewood, NJ) made three saves to earn the win for Babson while Wong made nine stops in a losing effort for WPI.

The Beavers held a 24-10 advantage in shots and outshot the Engineers 15-3 in the second half. WPI held a slim 5-3 advantage in corner kicks.

Babson is back in action on Tuesday night when they head to Bristol, R.I. to meet Roger Williams in a 7p.m. start while WPI returns home to face MIT next Saturday at 5p.m.