Men's Soccer Opens Season with Back-to-Back Ties for First Time in 64-Year Program History
LANCASTER, Pa.—Babson College recorded 12 shots and put five on target, but was had to settle for a 0-0 double-overtime draw against Elizabethtown College in non-conference men's soccer action on Saturday night at Weaver Field.
With its second draw in as many days, Babson moves to 0-0-2 on the year, while Elizabethtown stays winless at 0-1-1 overall.
Junior goalkeeper Steven Heintzelman (Middleton, Mass.) finished with seven saves to record his second career shutout for the Green and White, while senior goalkeeper Brian Gately (Lancaster, Pa.) made five stops to keep his sheet clean for the Blue Jays.
During regulation the Beavers trailed in shots, 14-8, but had an advantage in corner kicks, 6-5. Gately dove to his right to push away a shot by senior Noah Parker (Hampden, Maine) in the 30th mintue, and Heintzelman helped send the game to extra time with a diving stop on Elizabethtown sophomore Clark Williamson (Oley, Pa.).
The Green and White dominated both overtime periods with four shots on goal, two corner kicks, and Heintzelman not required to make any critical saves. In the 103-minute, a corner kick by first-year Ross Shellow (Miami, Fla.) soared into the box and junior Chris Czarnecki's (Baltimore, Md.) touch hit the inside of the post and bounced away from the goal.
Gately denied Parker again in the 106th minute, but didn't catch the ball cleanly and was able to smother it just before junior Alex Crompton (Killington, Vt.) got a touch in front of the goal.
Both teams return to action on Saturday as Babson hosts Brandeis at 1 p.m., while Elizabethtown heads to Ewing, N.J., to take on Rutgers-Newark at 3:30 p.m.
• Saturday's matchup, which was the first in program history against Elizabethtown, featured two of the top coaches on the Division III active wins list. Beavers' head coach Jon Anderson '75 is currently seventh with 390 victories, while Blue Jays' boss Skip Roderick is second with 526 wins.
• Babson, which kicked off its 64th season of men's soccer on Friday, had never opened the season with back-to-back ties since its inception in 1955.
• The consecutive draws are also the first since 2010 for the Beavers, who finished 1-1 at WPI on October 2 and followed it up with a 0-0 draw against MIT on October 9.
• The Green and White is now 4-6-8 in overtime games dating back to 2015.