WORCESTER -- WPI's Lauren Paul (Schaghticoke, NY) and Babson's Morgan Fedosiewich (Ottawa, Ontario) posted dueling shutouts as the Engineers and the Beavers played to a 0-0 double overall draw in a NEWMAC women's soccer contest played Wednesday afternoon.
WPI, who is ranked fifth in the most recent NCAA Division III Regional II rankings, moves to 10-5-2 overall and 4-3-2 in conference play. The Beavers, which are sixth in the same ranking, see their record move to 8-5-4 on the season and 4-2-3 in NEWMAC action. With the result, both teams extended unbeaten streaks, with Babson's run now six matches and the Engineers streak at five.
Additional, both teams remain in the hunt to host a NEWMAC Tournament quarterfinal. Babson enters the final day of play Saturday with 15 points while WPI has 14. Earlier in the day, the Engineers secured a spot in the field when Wellesley came back to defeat Wheaton 2-1.
Babson had the two best scoring chances during the scoreless first half. Caitlin Trott (North Hampton, NH) saw her point-blank bid snuffed out in the 26th minute on a great save by WPI netminder Lauren Paul (Schaghticoke, NY) and 13 minutes later Jordyn Ferrantino (Millis, MA) got knee on a ball that was headed towards the goal but cleared off the line by defender Allison Escott (Columbia, CT). Sofia Orrico (Bethel, CT) and Ranya Basma (Shirley, MA) accounted for the Engineers two shots in the opening 45 minutes.
After being outshot 3-2 in the first half, the Crimson and Gray enjoyed a 7-1 advantage in the second stanza. Escott turned the tables in the 74th minute but had her long shot knocked away by Fedosiewich. Annika Keck (Oakland, CA) looked to give the hosts the victory late in the 86th only to see Fedosiewich gobble up the attempt.
WPI kept the pressure on in overtime, attempting all five corner kicks in the extra 20 minutes. In the final minute of overtime, Keck's blast from nearly 40 yards out hit the crossbar and dropped straight down but did not fully cross the line before being knocking. The Boynton Hillers got off two corner kicks in the waning seconds but were unable to break the scoreless draw.
Fedosiewich finished the game with six stops while Paul was credited with four stops. On the day WPI had a 13-6 shots and a 10-1 bulge in corners.
Both squads close out regular season play with NEWMAC home matches on Saturday at noon. WPI entertains Coast Guard while Babson tangles with Clark.