WALTHAM, Mass.—Senior Jake Warren (Medway, Mass.) scored the go-ahead goal less than four minutes into the second half as Brandeis University rallied to defeat visiting Babson College, 2-1, in non-conference men's soccer action on Saturday afternoon at Gordon Field.
With the loss, Babson slips to 2-1-0 on the year, while Brandeis improves to 3-1-0 with its second consecutive victory.
Sophomore Liam Hanlon (Boxborough, Mass.) scored his first goal of the season and senior Youcef Ziad (Holbrook, Mass.) recorded an assist for the Beavers. Classmate Steven Heintzelman (Middleton, Mass.) finished with six saves, all in the first half, in the loss.
First-year Will DeNight (Miami, Fla.) had a goal, while senior Dylan Hennessy (New York, N.Y.) and first-year Adam Kulick (Cambridge, Mass.) both picked up an assist for the Judges. Senior Greg Irwin (Passaic, N.J.) turned away five shots in the victory.
Heintzelman made five saves, including a diving stop on Warren in the seventh minute, and the Green and White cleared another chance off the goal line over the first 10 minutes to keep the match scoreless. Irwin denied Beavers' sophomore Mitchell Collins (Burlington, Mass.) with a diving stop of his own in the fourth minute before Babson took the lead on Hanlon's second career marker at the 25:02 mark.
The Beavers' initial free kick was cleared out of the box, but sophomore Ryan Goss (Glastonbury, Conn.) whipped it back into the box and Ziad played it across the top of the six-yard box where Hanlon drilled home the feed for a 1-0 edge.
Brandeis pulled even just over 10 minutes later though, as DeNight settled a throw in from Hennessey and beat a defender before blasting his 20-yard strike just out of the reach of Heintzelman and under the crossbar in the 37th minute. The Judges then went in front for good in the 49th minute when Warren headed home Kulick's free kick at the back post for his first tally of the year.
Following a frenetic opening 45 minutes there were very few scoring chances for either side in the second half. Irwin made an easy save on Babson senior Luke Beaulieu's (Westfield, N.J.) effort in the 71st minute and handled sophomore Eamon Keenan's (East Greenwich, R.I.) header off a corner kick in the 83rd minute to keep the hosts in front.
Brandeis outshot the Beavers 18-9 in the match and finished with an 8-3 edge in corner kicks.
Babson returns to action on Tuesday when it travels to 13th-ranked Amherst at 4 p.m., while the Judges host WPI on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
• Saturday's match was the 67th between Babson and Brandeis dating back to 1955. The Beavers are 30-27-10 all-time against the Judges.
• Nine of the last 11 games between the programs have been decided by a single goal.
• Saturday's contest marked just the second time in 16 games going back to the start of last season that Babson has lost when scoring first.