Women's Soccer vs. Bridgewater State
Tuesday, September 1—4 p.m.
Hartwell-Rogers Field—Babson Park, Mass.
Babson and Bridgewater State will meet for the 23rd time in a series that dates back to 1993 on Tuesday afternoon in the season opener for both teams. The Beavers hold a 17-2-3 edge all-time and are unbeaten in their last 10 matches (8-0-2) against the Bears going back to 2005.
Jennifer Narlee scored the go-ahead goal in the 80th minute as Babson slipped past the Bears, 2-1, on September 2, 2014, in Bridgewater. Sophomore Kelsey Ford also scored for the Beavers, who led 1-0 at halftime.
LAST BRIDGEWATER STATE WIN
Christine Spellman scored the game's only goal just 1:48 into the second half as Bridgewater State edged Babson, 1-0, on September 19, 2004.
SCOUTING THE BEARS
Bridgewater State (0-0) returns 11 letterwinners from a squad that finished 6-12-1 and reached the MASCAC Tournament semifinals last season. Sophomore Courtney Pepin (7-4-18) is the team's top returning scorer, while senior Carolyn Sessler scored five goals and chipped in with two assists for 12 points. The Bears return eight starters and should get a boost from sophomore goalkeeper Lauren DeSousa, who transferred from Pace University after posting a 0.86 goals against average in 17 starts last fall.
SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
Babson (0-0) returns 12 players, including eight that started at least 11 matches, from a team that finished 12-4-3 overall and reached the NEWMAC Tournament semifinals for the third straight year. Senior Meghan Tyson, who scored a career-high seven goals and earned all-conference second-team honors last season, is the team's top returning scorer, while Narlee, a two-time all-league selection, and senior Leisl Bard anchor the defense. Ford notched a pair of game-winning goals last season and finished fourth on the team in scoring.
The Beavers have gone 14-2-1 in the month of September over the last two years.
LENDING AN ASSIST
Bard recorded a career-high two assists in the Beavers' 3-0 win over Bridgewater State in 2013.
The Green and White has conceded just two goals to Bridgewater State in the last six meetings between the two sides.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
The Beavers are 9-1-1 in home openers going back to 2004.