Beavers Extend Unbeaten Streak to Five with First OT Win Since 2016
BABSON PARK, Mass.—Junior Alex Crompton (Killington, Vt.) scored in the 93rd minute to help Babson College defeat visiting Emerson College, 1-0, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men's soccer action on Saturday afternoon at MacDowell Field.
Babson, which is unbeaten in five consecutive games, improves to 6-1-4 overall and 2-0-2 in league play, while Emerson slips to 3-7-0 overall and 1-3-0 in the NEWMAC.
Frustrated by the defensive-minded Lions throughout regulation, the Beavers final broke through less than three minutes into overtime. Senior Noah Parker (Hampden, Maine) eluded a defender on the left wing and floated a ball into the box for Crompton, who flicked a header inside the left post for his second goal of the year.
Babson outshot Emerson 22-3 for the game and 15-0 after halftime but was unable to break the scoreless deadlock until extra time. Parker sent a pair of volleys wide in the opening 30 minutes and first-year Liam Hanlon (Boxborough, Mass.) just missed the frame with a header from the edge of the six-yard box in the 44th minute.
First-year Mitchell Collins (Burlington, Mass.) sent a 20-yard shot over the bar in the 49th minute, senior Ian Fromhein (Osterville, Mass.) had his header saved by Emerson sophomore goalkeeper David Kemp (London, England) in the 68th minute, and senior Jackson Greenspan (Meriden, N.H.) had his header sail high in the 75th minute.
The Lions' lone scoring chance of the match came in the 29th minute when junior Gavin Faucette (Oakland, Calif.) ran onto a long ball and forced Babson junior goalkeeper Steven Heintzelman (Middleton, Mass.) off his line to make a diving stop.
Heintzelman needed to make just the one save to record his sixth clean sheet of the year for the Beavers. Kemp finished with six stops, all in the second half, for Emerson.
Babson returns to action on Tuesday when it travels to No. 3/4 Tufts at 7 p.m., while Emerson hosts Bates on Sunday at 3 p.m.
• The Beavers are 6-0-0 all-time against Emerson.
• Saturday's victory was the first in overtime for the Beavers since knocking off Springfield 2-1 on October 15, 2016.
• The Green and White has recorded four consecutive shutouts and has not allowed a goal in over 416 minutes going back to September 22.
• Parker, who now has 19 career assists, has at least one point in four of his last five outings.