SPRINGFIELD, Mass.—Junior Melina Kapotsis (Watertown, Mass.) made four saves to help visiting Babson College earn a 0-0 double overtime draw with 24th-ranked Springfield College in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's soccer action at the Irv Schmid Sports Complex on Saturday afternoon.
Babson is now 7-2-2 overall and 2-1-1 in conference play, while Springfield is 6-3-1 overall and 2-0-1 in the league.
Kapotsis made a pair of first half saves and two more during the first overtime period after returning to the lineup. First-year Meaghan Merullo (Winchester, Mass.) played the entire second half for the Beavers, who were outshot 16-5, but did not have to make any saves.
Sophomore Krissy Cicalis (Bridgewater, Mass.), who scored the game-winning goal in Springfield's regular-season win at Babson last October, had the best chance for either team with a minute to go in the second overtime. Cicalis got the ball just outside of the six-yard box and chipped a shot over a charging Kapotsis towards the left post, only to have it cleared out of the goal mouth following a scramble by the Beavers defense.
Babson's best chance of the day came with 20:08 left in the first half. Junior Jenny Moore (Duxbury, Mass.) had a breakaway opportunity, but her shot went well-wide. Moore had another chance in the second overtime period. With 3:08 left in the game, she flew down the field on a breakaway, but her shot went directly into the arms of Pride goalie Sarah Myers(Bridgewater, Mass.), who finished with two saves on the day to earn her first career shutout .
Both teams are back in action on Tuesday afternoon at 4 p.m. as Babson hosts cross-town rival Wellesley, and Springfield travels to Smith.
Game Notes: Saturday's draw snapped a six-game losing streak for the Beavers against Springfield, five of which were decided by one goal…Babson is 0-2-2 in extra time this season and have played to a pair of 0-0 road draws…The Green and White, which have conceded only seven goals this season, have posted seven shutouts in 11 games this fall.
Note: Portions of this release courtesy of Springfield College.