BEVERLY, Mass.—Junior Taylor Geas (Somers, Conn.) scored her first goal of the season 9:26 into the first overtime period to help Endicott College slip past visiting Babson College, 2-1, in non-conference women's soccer action on Tuesday at Endicott Stadium.
With its first loss of the season, Babson drops to 6-1-1 overall, while Endicott has now won five straight matches to move to 5-3-1 on the year.
First-year Olivia Kerester (Chappaqua, N.Y.) scored for the second time in three matches for the Beavers while Laura Wysocki (Somers, Conn.) scored her third goal in the last two games for the Gulls.
Babson was able to get on the scoreboard relatively early as they took advantage of a miscue by Endicott deep into the home territory. Jenny Moore (Duxbury, Mass.) was able to get by Endicott's last line of defense and put a ball on frame that was originally saved by a sprinting Gulls defender. The rebound caromed right back to Moore and she crossed to a streaking Kerester, who was able to bury it past Endicott keeper Katie Donnelly (Madison, Conn.) for her second of the season. The assist by Moore was her second of the season and team-leading 12th point of the campaign.
From that point on, Endicott's back line would not allow any shots or runs to go unchallenged and the group would stiffen noticeably. The Gulls, down 1-0 at the half, continued to push forward and pour on the pressure early and often in the second. Madison Missinne (Canton, Conn.) put forth a gritty performance as she provided a spark offensively down the right wing. Her speed and ability to break down defenders one on one eventually rewarded her as she tallied and assist in the 55th minute. Missinne, possessing the ball on the right part of the box, left a pass for Wysocki who ran on and blasted a shot that went off the Babson keeper's hands and into the back of the net.
The match would head into overtime tied at 1-1 as neither team could find the back of the net during regulation. Both Donnelly and Babson keeper Melina Kapotsis (Watertown, Mass.) were active in net as Donnelly registered three saves in regulation while Kapotsis tallied four. Endicott had a flurry of chances towards the end of regulation between a crossing glance that sailed just high of the cross to a header in the box that couldn't find the net and seemingly used that energy in the overtime period.
The Beavers lone shot in overtime by first-year Marissa Endow (Worcester, Mass.) was saved by Donnelly in the 92nd minute. The Gulls had a pair of shots miss the net midway through the first overtime before Geas ended the game with a blast from the edge of the box that slipped inside the left post.
Kapotsis finished with four saves for Babson while Donnelly made four stops for Endicott, which held a 21-9 advantage in shots.
Both teams return to action on Saturday as Babson hosts Smith at 1 p.m while Endicott takes on Wentworth at 12 p.m.
Note: Portions of this release courtesy of Endicott College.