BABSON PARK, Mass. – The Babson College Beavers and visiting Salem State University Vikings played to a 0-0 double-overtime tie in non-conference women's soccer action at Babson's Hartwell-Rogers Field on Wednesday afternoon. With the tie, both teams' records moved to 1-1-1 on the young season.
Both goalies were outstanding in the contest, despite difficult conditions that included wind and rain throughout the afternoon. Babson senior captain Lisa Wojnar (Bellaire, Texas) and Salem State senior Leah Potcner (Wilmington, Mass.) each finished the day with eight saves in their respective nets.
Babson had two great chances in a two-minute stretch midway through the first half. Sophomore Stefani Paulinelli (Weston, Fla.) one-timed a corner kick off the foot of junior Amy Festa (Medfield, Mass.) just wide of the left post at 16:35, and junior Emily Anderson's (Scituate, Mass.) open bid from the middle of the box glanced off the same post at 18:24.
Salem State had two quality looks later in the half, but Wojnar snuffed out the first when she came out of net to intercept a thru-ball just before it reached sophomore Casey Connolly (Nahant, Mass.) at 25:48, and junior back Kelly Hanly (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) took care of the second when she made a sliding clear of the ball from behind on a clean breakaway down the right side by Vikings' first-year CeCelia Cresta-Devine (Saugus, Mass.) at 33:10.
Neither team generated a quality scoring chance in the second half until Babson junior Nichole Vargas (Warren, R.I.) took a shot off a short corner that was deflected over the cross bar by Potcner with just over 10 minutes left in regulation. Salem State then had a similar opportunity at the other end with 2:20 remaining in the period, but Wojnar made a fantastic leaping save to tip senior Jackie Gauthier's (Danvers, Mass.) free kick from 20 yards out off the cross bar. Each squad would manage one more shot on goal in the final two minutes of the half, but Wojnar and Potcner each made easy saves to send the contest into overtime.
The two goalies came up huge again in the first few minutes of the first overtime. Just over a minute in, Cresta-Devine send a perfect thru-ball to sophomore Bianca Gallo (Peabody, Mass.) for a clean breakaway, but Wojnar came charging out to make a clutch save on her point-blank shot to keep the game going. Three minutes later, Babson sophomore Meghan Andrew (Easton, Mass.) had an open look from 10 yards out, but Potcner made an outstanding diving save to her right to knock the ball just outside the left post.
Babson first-year Jessica DePhilippo (Falmouth, Maine) tested Potcner again early in the second OT, but the senior keeper made a clean catch on the rookie's bending shot from 25 yards out. Beavers' junior Ashley Tourso (Glen Rock, N.J.) then took the most dangerous shot of the period with just 13 seconds left, but her bid from the top of the box was deflected by a defender just wide of the left post as the game ended in a scoreless deadlock.