WALTHAM, Mass. – A day after suffering a 4-0 loss to host Brandeis University, the Babson College women’s soccer team rebounded in a big way on Sunday, upsetting nationally-ranked Ithaca College, 1-0, on day two of the Brandeis Invitational. With the victory, the Beavers improved to 2-1-0 on the season, while the Bombers, ranked eighth in the country in the NSCAA Division III preseason poll, dropped to 1-1-0.
Babson netted the game’s lone goal late in the first half, as sophomore Amy Festa (Medfield, Mass.) bent the Beavers’ lone corner kick of the game past Ithaca goalie Alyssa Sotomayor and into the net at 37:31. That would prove to be Babson’s only shot attempt of the contest, but it would be enough to stun one of the nation’s top squads.
Ithaca would pepper the Babson net with 19 shots in the second half, but the Beavers used fantastic team defense to keep the Bombers off the board. Meanwhile, junior goalkeeper Lisa Wojnar (Bellaire, Texas) made 10 of her 13 saves in the final 45 minutes, as she earned a shutout in her first collegiate start in net.
“This was a tremendous all-around effort by our entire team,” first-year head coach Nellie Pineault said of perhaps the program’s biggest victory in more than a decade. “After Saturday’s disappointing loss, our players showed great poise and resilience in coming back with a great effort today.”