BABSON PARK, Mass. - First-year Billy Nickerson (Middleton, Mass.) and senior co-captain Tim Winn (Sutton, Mass.) each scored goals to lead host Babson College to a 2-0 victory over visiting UMass-Boston in a non-conference men's soccer contest at Hartwell-Rogers Field on Saturday afternoon. With the win, the Beavers upped their season mark to 4-2, while the Beacons slipped to 2-3.
After Babson put up two quick shots in the first seven minutes, UMass-Boston grabbed the momentum by posting the next six attempts. However, the Beavers' defense blocked three of the Beacon's bids and first-year goalie Peter Crowley (Lexington, Mass.) saved two more as the contest remained scoreless through the first half.
In his first game back since suffering an injury in the season opener, Nickerson gave the Beavers offense a much-needed spark early in the second half, as he netted his second goal of the season on a Babson corner kick. First-year Alejandro Miro-Sans (Barcelona, Spain) sent the ball in from the left corner to Winn, who headed a pass to Nickerson at the left post. The rookie forward then headed a shot past UMass-Boston sophomore keeper Domenick Persuitte (West Barnstable, Mass.) to give the hosts a 1-0 advantage at 50:13.
The one-goal differential held until the 87-minute mark, when the Beavers added an insurance goal for the eventual 2-0 victory. Miro-Sans gathered the ball on the left side and sent a cross to Winn, who headed a shot inside the left post for his team-leading sixth goal of the season at 86:59.
Both goalkeepers were outstanding in their respective nets. For Babson, Crowley turned away five shots to earn his second shutout of the year, while Persuitte kept UMass-Boston in the game with eight total saves, including three on clean breakaways.