BABSON PARK, Mass. – The Connecticut College men's soccer team was dealt its first loss of the season in regulation by falling to Babson, 2-1, on the road on Tuesday afternoon.
Connecticut College dominated possession during the first half and broke through with the first goal of the match in the 32nd minute. Sophomore Augie Djerdjaj (Mahopac, N.Y.) took a shot that was blocked by a Beaver defender and followed up with another blast which was saved by goalie Steven Heintzelman. Classmate Steve Yeonas (McLean, Va.) finally blasted the rebound off the hands of Heintzelman to give the Camels a 1-0 lead which they carried into the break.
The visitors, who held a 15-12 edge in total shots, were on the verge of winning their eighth match of the season until the Beavers found a way to even the score in the 80th minute. Connecticut College was unsuccessful with clearing the ball following a throw in from the right sideline, and an errant pass found Andrew Josephs. The junior shot the ball into the upper right corner to tie the match up.
After Heintzelman made back-to-back saves against Camel sophomore MT Tshuma in the 85th minute, the hosts got a go-ahead goal and the eventual game-winning marker from Eamon Keenan with 2:37 remaining in regulation. Junior netminder Chris MacKay (Riverside, Conn.) came out to punch away a free kick, but Keenan collected the loose ball and chipped it into the left corner for the decisive marker.
Heintzelman made eight saves to pick up the victory for Babson (8-4-2), while Connecticut College's MacKay turned away two shots in the losing effort.
No. 11 Connecticut College (7-2-2) will next travel for a pivotal NESCAC matchup at Tufts on Saturday afternoon at 2:30 p.m.