BABSON PARK, Mass.—First-years Kathryn Clark (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) and Jessica Fernandes (Pawtucket, R.I.) both scored first-half goals helping Babson College defeat visiting New England College, 3-0, in non-conference women's soccer action on Sunday afternoon at Hartwell-Rogers Field.
With the victory, Babson is now 5-1-0 overall, while New England College, which has dropped three straight matches, falls to 2-4-0 on the year.
Junior Olivia Kerester (Chappaqua, N.Y.) scored once and contributed an assist for the Beavers. Sophomore Kelsey Ford (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) and first-year Maddison Gierschick (Hopkinton, Mass.), who was making her collegiate debut, also chipped in with assists in the win.
Clark opened the scoring just 7:17 into the match, taking a long pass up the left sideline from Ford and chipping a shot over the head of Pilgrims' junior goalkeeper Mackenzie Meegan (Phoenix, Ariz.). New England College had a pair of chances to level the score, but sophomore Jaycie Triandafilou (Newburyport, Mass.) header was saved by Babson first-year goalkeeper Elizabeth Mycock (Windham, Maine) in the 13th minute, and junior Sara Locke (Springfield, Vt.) missed just wide from the edge of the six-yard box following a corner kick in the 23rd minute.
The Green and White extended its lead just before halftime as Fernandes took a through ball from Kerester and eluded Meegan before touching her shot into the open net to make it 2-0 in the 44th minute.
The Beavers, who held a 6-4 edge in second-half shots, capped the scoring in the 90th minute on Kerester's second marker of the year. Gierschick's punt bounced behind the New England College defense to Kerester, who carried it towards the box before making a move around Meegan and finding the empty net for the final margin.
Mycock, who started and played the first half, and Gierschick both made a pair of saves for Babson, while Meegan turned away seven shots for the Pilgrims.
The Green and White finished with a 12-11 edge in shots, while both teams attempted four corner kicks.
Both teams return to action on Wednesday as Babson hosts UMass-Boston at MacDowell Field at 6 p.m., while New England College takes on Gordon at 3 p.m.
• Sunday's match was the first between Babson and New England College.
• The Beavers are 3-0-0 this season and have won nine straight games when leading at halftime.
• Babson has won 56 straight contests when scoring three goals or more going back to 10/26/02.
• The Green and White has posted five shutouts in its first six matches and conceded just two goals on the season.
• Sunday's game was the first for the Beavers against an opponent from the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) since 1993.