Nov. 14, 2010

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. - Courtesy of Babson Athletics

Sophomore Ayo Iwuagwu (Lagos, Nigeria) scored the game-winning goal with just 1:26 left in the second overtime session to propel the Babson College Beavers to a thrilling 2-1 victory over host Williams College in the second round of the 2010 NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Tournament on Sunday. With the victory, Babson (16-3-2) advances to the third round for the first time in 19 years, where the Beavers will take on Middlebury College next weekend.

Entering the tournament ranked 19th in the nation by the NSCAA, Williams (12-3-2) struck first in the 31st minute of play when Charles Romero scored off a pass from Gaston Kelly at 30:06. However, in a scenario reminiscent of Babson's NEWMAC Championship game win over Wheaton last week, the Beavers evened the game courtesy of an own goal just a minute and a half later. Babson then held off the Ephs' vaunted offensive attack for the remainder of regulation thanks in large part to the spectacular play of junior goalie Peter Crowley (Lexington, Mass.), who made five of his eight saves in the second half to keep the game even.

Crowley made another save in each of the overtime sessions until Babson finally clinched the comeback victory with less than two minutes remaining in the second OT period. Sophomore Eric Anderson (Scituate, Mass.) flicked a corner kick from junior captain Max Walker (Newton, Mass.) to Iwuagwu, who headed a shot past Williams keeper Peter Morrell for his fourth goal of the season at 108:34. The game-winner helped the Beavers avenge a 3-1 regular season loss to the Ephs back on September 19, and it allowed Babson to advance to the third round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1991, when Babson got as far as the National Semifinals.