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Women's soccer plays to scoreless tie at Babson

BABSON PARK, Mass. -- The Bates College women's soccer team played host Babson College to a 0-0 double-overtime tie in a non-conference match at Hartwell-Rogers Field on Saturday afternoon. With the deadlock, the Beavers move to 5-2-1 overall while the Bobcats are now 1-1-1.

The best chances for both teams came late in the second half, beginning when Bates first-year striker Ansley Flanagan (Roxbury, Conn.) got behind the defense and broke free down the left side of the field with just under 12 minutes left in the period. With a Babson defender bearing down on her from behind, Flanagan got off a hard shot from the top of the box, but junior goalie Sarah Macary (Woodbury, Conn.) came racing out of net and blocked the bid at point-blank range.

Babson’s best scoring opportunity came with a minute and a  half left in regulation, when first-year midfielder Amy Festa (Medfield, Mass.) found some space in the right corner. She then hit a rocket toward the far side of the net, but Bates sophomore keeper Annie Burns (Topsfield, Mass.) made a spectacular leaping save to tip the ball just beyond the left post.

The Beavers mounted a 7-1 shot advantage in the two overtimes, but Bates sophomore back Amanda Sirianni (Holliston, Mass.) managed the only shot on net for either side. Her header at the top of the box off a cross from the left side was easily handled on one hop by Macary just over six minutes into the first OT. Festa had the best look for Babson on a free kick just outside the box after a Bates foul with a minute left in the second overtime, but her shot attempt sailed just over the cross bar.

Macary finished with three saves for the Beavers, who held a commanding 27-8 shot advantage in the contest. Burns was outstanding in goal for Bates, as she finished with seven saves.

Bates plays another non-conference road game on Wednesday, 4:30 p.m. at Wellesley.

STATS: Bates 0, Babson 0 (2OT)