WALTHAM, Mass.—Senior Josh Ocel (North Attleboro, Mass.) scored off a restart in the 84th minute as fourth-ranked Brandeis University defeated visiting Babson College, 2-1, in non-conference men's soccer action on Saturday night at Gordon Field.
With the loss, Babson falls to 2-2-0 on the year, while Brandeis improves to 2-1-0.
Sophomore Chris Czarnecki (Baltimore, Md.) scored his first career goal and junior Jackson Greenspan (Meriden, N.H.) added an assist for the Beavers. Senior goalkeeper James Takami (Kenmore, Wash.) finished with five saves in the loss.
Junior Devin Casey (Amherst, Mass.) had a goal and sophomore Colin Panarra (Belmar, N.J.) added an assist for the Judges, who got one save from senior Ben Woodhouse (Suffield, Conn.).
Ocel's goal, which deflected off the wall on a 20-yard free kick came just 46 seconds after Babson had equalized, and was part of a wild final 10 minutes. Czarnecki headed home a loose ball from Greenspan in the box following a corner in the 83rd minute, but the Beavers were reduced to 10 men after being issued a red card on the foul that led to Ocel's direct kick. Sophomore Youcef Ziad's (Holbrook, Mass.) bid to tie the game in the waning seconds hit the crossbar.
The Green and White created a couple of chances in an evenly played first half, but were unable to get on the board. Junior Noah Parker (Hampden, Maine) played a dangerous service into the box off a restart in the 10th minute, and missed just high with a volley from the top of the box less than 90 seconds later. He also found senior Logan Ventura (Pittstown, N.J.) with a 40-yard free kick in the 41st minute, only to see his header from the center of the box saved by Woodhouse.
Brandeis had a pair of headers go wide in the opening stanza before getting on the board thanks to a giveaway in the 42nd minute. Panarra gained possession deep in Babson territory and fed Casey, who stopped the ball in the center of the box some 15 yards from goal before chipping a shot over Takami and into the upper right corner for his first career marker.
The Judges finished with a 15-12 edge in shots and a 7-3 advantage in corner kicks.
Babson returns to action on Tuesday when it hosts Lesley at 4 p.m., while Brandeis takes on WPI on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
• Saturday's marked the 57th consecutive season that the Beavers and Judges have met, and was the 65th match all-time between the sides. Babson holds a 29-26-10 edge in the series.
• Eight of the last nine matches between the teams have been decided by a single goal.
• The Green and White is now 9-11-6 going back to the beginning of the 2015 campaign when scoring one goal or less.