LEICESTER, Mass. --- The Becker College women's soccer team tied 1-1 against visiting Daniel Webster College on Saturday at Alumni Field in Leicester. The Hawks of Becker are now 9-7-1 and 4-3-1 in the NECC standings while the Eagles of Daniel Webster are now 1-12-1 and 1-6-1 against conference opponents.
With the victory, Becker solidifies its hold on the fifth seed in advance of the upcoming NECC Championship Tournament.
The first half went scoreless as Becker had a 19-0 advantage in shots. Both teams were hampered by heavy rains throughout the period.
During the halftime break, Becker Director of Athletics Frank Millerick and Coordinator of Student Athlete Services Andrea Belis recognized the women's soccer team with the Becker President's Cup, awarded each semester to the team with the highest cumulative GPA. It is the first time the women's soccer program has been awarded the honor.
The Eagles finally broke the stalemate in the 53rd minute when Daniel Webster junior midfielder Amanda Dargie (Melbourne, Fla. / Florida Air Acad.) broke through on an unassisted breakaway to put the visitors up 1-0.
The Hawks answered nine minutes later when sophomore forward Lindsey Keith (Sutton, Mass. / Sutton) scored her first goal in seven games with an unassisted strike. As of press time, Keith ranks first in the NECC in scoring.
Becker continued to play aggressively for the remainder of regulation, but each time were turned away. They attempted a corner kick with two seconds remaining but were unable to get a shot a shot off. The match headed into overtime, still knotted at 1-1.
Despite multiple opportunities for both sides, neither proved able to close out, and the game ended in a tie.
Becker sophomore goalkeeper Jordyn Martel (Chicopee, Mass. / Chicopee) finished with two saves, while Daniel Webster sophomore goalkeeper Stephanie Evans (Washington, Iowa / Washington) had 28 stops in net. For the game, the Hawks outshot Daniel Webster, 51-4. It was the most shots Becker has had since last season's game against the Eagles, when they had 55 in a 6-0 victory.
Prior to the game, Becker senior midfielder Lauren Zaleski (Avon, Mass. / Norfolk County Agricultural) was honored by her coaches, teammates and Becker administrators as part of Senior Day. Over the course of her four years at Becker, Zaleski has brought leadership, dedication and talent not only to the women's soccer program but to the Becker community as a whole. Although her time on the playing field may soon be coming to an end, she will forever be a part of the Hawks family.
The Hawks of Becker will conclude their regular season on Wednesday when they host the Lynx of Lesley University in a 4:00 p.m. matchup. The Eagles of Daniel Webster host Elms College on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.
Follow the Hawks all season long! Go to http://www.beckerhawks.com and follow us on Twitter: @BeckerAthletics , Instagram: @beckercollegeathletics and Facebook: @BeckerCollegeAthletics