Women's Soccer at Mount Holyoke
Saturday, September 19—12 p.m.
Mount Holyoke College Soccer Field—South Hadley, Mass.
Babson and Mount Holyoke will meet for the 34th time on Saturday afternoon in a series that dates back to 1982. The Beavers are 23-10-0 all-time against the Lyons and have won 16 of the last 18 matches between the two sides going back to 1996.
Senior Meghan Tyson scored once in each half and sophomore Victoria Penta added an insurance goal in the 85th minute as Babson held off Mount Holyoke, 3-2, on September 20, 2014, in South Hadley. Cassidy Robinson scored in the 50th minute and the 89th minute for the Lyons.
LAST MOUNT HOLYOKE WIN
Mallory Phaneuf and Kiana Lussier both scored early in the first half as the Lyons defeated Babson, 2-0, on October 27, 2012.
SCOUTING THE LYONS
Mount Holyoke (3-2-0, 0-0-0 NEWMAC) has won back-to-back one-goal games after defeating Western New England, 3-2, on Tuesday. First-year Sara Sanua Ruiz scored twice as the Lyons used three goals in just over 13 minutes to turn a 1-0 deficit into a two-goal lead. Sanua Ruiz (6-0-12) is tied for third in the league in scoring, while senior Ashleigh Hartsock leads the squad with two assists. Junior Zoe Marshall, who started the first four matches, and first-year Amanda Manaster have combined to post a 2.00 goals against average and a .714 save percentage through five contests.
SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
Babson (6-1-0, 0-0-0 NEWMAC), which is coming off a 2-0 victory over UMass-Boston on Wednesday, has won six of its first seven games for the third consecutive season. Tyson scored in the 16th minute and first-year Jessica Fernandes added an insurance goal just three minutes after halftime for the Beavers, who are ranked eighth in the most recent NSCAA regional poll. Fernandes (4-2-10) is tied for sixth in the NEWMAC in scoring, while Tyson and juniors Taylor Goldsborough and Olivia Kerester have all contributed two goals and two assists. First-year goalkeeper Elizabeth Mycock has a 0.36 goals against average and four shutouts in five starts, while classmate made Maddison Gierschick made her first career start and turned away five shots to post a clean sheet against the Beacons on Wednesday.
The Beavers are unbeaten in their last 11 road matches (8-0-3) and have conceded just two goals in in their last six contests on the road.
SUCCESS AGAINST THE LYONS
In addition to producing the first two-goal game of her career last season against Mount Holyoke, Tyson also recorded an assist in Babson's 3-0 win over the Lyons in 2013.
PROTECTING THE LEAD
The Green and White leads the NEWMAC in goals against average (0.28) and shutouts (6), and has not allowed a first-half goal in seven consecutive matches.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
The Beavers are 3-1-1 in their last five NEWMAC openers.