October 7, 2008

MIT and Babson Battle to Scoreless Tie

Oct. 7, 2008

Box Score

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - MIT and Babson played to their third tie in five seasons on Tuesday as neither team could break a scoreless deadlock in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's soccer match. The even finish resulted in Babson's (6-3-4, 1-0-2) fourth draw of the campaign, while MIT (3-6-1, 1-1-1) picked up its third point in conference play.

Babson stayed on the attack for most of the first half, and closed the contest with a 10-3 advantage in shots. The action rarely left the midfield during the second half while neither team was able to generate a serious scoring threat in the extra sessions.

The Beavers nearly cashed in during the 55th minute as Jackie Graham's header off a corner kick landed just right of the MIT goal. The Engineers responded with their best opportunity of the day in the 70th minute as a potential game-winning goal off the foot of rookie Alisha Lussiez was called back after MIT was whistled for offsides.

MIT junior Katie Pesce had a near-break-away attempt just three minutes later, but Babson goalkeeper Sarah Macary rushed in and made a diving stop to prevent a clean shot. With five minutes left in regulation, rookie Lauren Clement had a cross land at her feet in front of the MIT goal, but she couldn't make the turn before the threat was cleared.

Stephanie Brenman made six saves for the Engineers, including four stops in the first half. Macary finished with two saves for Babson.