Beavers down upset-minded Panthers
BABSON PARK, Mass. – Babson College struck for two second half goals 92 seconds apart Sunday afternoon en route to a 2-1 victory over Plymouth State University in a non-conference men's -soccer game at Hartwell-Rogers Field.
Junior Eric Anderson and senior Max Walker tallied goals for the 20th-ranked Beavers (13-2-2). Babson is now unbeaten in its last 15 games and has posted four consecutive victories. PSU drops to 4-11.
A defensive-minded Plymouth State outfit frustrated the Babson attack for much of the afternoon. Despite being outshot 15-4 in the first half, the Panthers led 1-0 at the break on the strength of Jake Sjoberg's team-leading fifth goal of the season at 22:10. Dre Cabral regained possession of the ball along the endline following a long run and fed Sjoberg, who settled the ball, and drilled a hard, low shot inside the right post from 15 yards out to give the Panthers the early lead.
Junior goalkeeper Bjorn Ohlsson was terrific for Plymouth State in the first half making six saves. Ohlsson made a kick save to deny Anderson from point blank range in the 15th minute, and punched blasts by Ayo Iwuagwu and Walker out of danger as well. Nine minutes before halftime, Babson freshman Brendan Matthews hit a diving header that caromed off the left post and was cleared away.
The Beavers' pressure would finally pay off midway through the second half when Anderson scored the equalizer at 67:05 and Walker put Babson ahead for good at 68:47. Anderson put away his team-leading 10th goal of the season, a header inside the right post, and Walker took a through-ball from Thomas Elbling and buried a low shot inside the right post for the game-winner.
The Beavers outshot Plymouth State 27-6, and held an 11-2 advantage in corner kicks. Senior goalkeeper Peter Crowley made three saves for the winners to pass Steve Webber '92 for the most wins in program history, earning the 56th of his career. Ohlsson finished the day with 11 saves for the Panthers, and was instrumental in keeping the Panthers close.
Plymouth State will be back on the road Wednesday night when they head to Worcester to play Clark University. Babson will also face Clark in its regular season finale next Saturday at Hartwell-Rogers Field.
(Courtesy of Babson Sports Information)
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