Doherty Buries PK but Men’s Soccer Draws With Babson in NEWMAC Opener

Rufus Adams

WORCESTER -- Babson's Ian Fromheim (Osterville, MA) and WPI's Riley Doherty (Shrewsbury, MA) both successfully converted second half penalty kicks as the two regionally-ranked men's soccer teams played to a hard-earned 1-1 double overtime draw Saturday afternoon in the NEWMAC opener for both teams

Both teams remain undefeated on the season with the host Engineers, ranked fifth in the most recent United Soccer Coaches New England Division III Top 10, moving to 5-0-1 while Beavers now stand at 2-0-3 on the season.

WPI enjoyed an 8-6 edge in first half shots but Babson had the better chance early when Chris Czarnecki's (Baltimore, MD) header sailed just over the crossover in the sixth minute.  WPI's best bid for an opening stanza goal arguably came late in the first half but Spencer Ralphs' (Simsbury, CT) bid was stopped by Beaver netminder Steven Heintzelman (Middleton, MA).

Babson dented to scoring column at 54:09 when Fromheim drilled home his first on the year on a laser to the lower right corner of the net from the spot.  The visitors looked like they had doubled their advantage just over a minute later but had a goal called back for offside.   WPI leveled the match when Matt Mulligan (Hebron, CT) was pulled down in the box with just 5:06 remaining and Doherty calmly buried the PK in the lower left corner for his first goal of the season.

The Beavers attempted all four of the overtime shots, with the best chance coming 1:07 into the second extra session but WPI goalkeeper Rufus Adams (Duxbury, MA) made a diving save to turn away Noah Parker's (Hampden, ME) potential game winner.

Babson had the edge in shots 17-13 but WPI enjoyed a 9-4 bulge in shots on goal.  The Beavers attempted four of the match's six corner kicks.

Heintzelman registered eight saves for the guests while Adams turned away three shots for the Crimson and Gray.

WPI is back at it on Tuesday, hosting Endicott at 7pm.  Babson is right back at it tomorrow with a 2pm match at Williams.