Women's Soccer

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Game Preview: Women's Soccer vs. Smith

Game Preview: Women's Soccer vs. Smith

Women's Soccer vs. Smith
Saturday, September 26—11:30 a.m.
Hartwell-Rogers Field—Babson Park, Mass.

THE SERIES
Babson and Smith will meet for the 42nd time on Saturday in a series that dates back to 1982. The Beavers own a 21-18-2 edge all-time and have won nine consecutive matches between the sides going back to 2007.

LAST MEETING
Junior Olivia Kerester scored 3:09 into overtime to send third-seeded Babson past sixth-seeded Smith, 2-1, in a NEWMAC Tournament quarterfinal on November 4, 2014, in Babson Park. Senior Meghan Tyson tied the game in the 50th minute for the Beavers, who fell behind 1-0 in the fifth minute of play.

LAST SMITH WIN
Monroe Peterson scored in the 99th minute to give the Pioneers a 1-0 win over Babson in a NEWMAC Tournament quarterfinal on October 29, 2005, in Babson Park.

SCOUTING THE PIONEERS
Smith (3-2-2, 0-0-1 NEWMAC) has been idle since playing to a 1-1 double overtime draw against Clark in its conference opener last Friday. Sophomore Jordan Isaacs scored in the 63rd minute to give the Pioneers the lead before the Cougars netted the equalizer 11 minutes later. Isaacs (3-0-6) leads the team in scoring and has two game-winning markers, while senior GiGi Ross (1-1-3) is one of three players with an assist on the year. Sophomore goalkeepers Shelby Hall and Camryn Biasin have combined to post a 0.40 goals against average, a .933 save percentage and four shutouts while conceding just three goals through seven matches.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
Babson (6-2-1, 0-0-1 NEWMAC), which is ranked eighth in the most recent NSCAA regional poll, is looking to rebound from a 3-0 loss at No. 12/13 Brandeis on Tuesday. First-year goalkeepers Maddison Gierschick and Elizabeth Mycock combined to make 10 saves for the Beavers, who did not record a shot on target. First-year Jessica Fernandes (4-2-10) is tied for eighth in the league in scoring, while the trio of Tyson, Kerester and junior Taylor Goldsborough have all contributed two goals and two assists on the year. Gierschick, who has started each of the last three matches, and Mycock have combined to post a 0.54 goals against average to go along with a .872 save percentage and seven clean sheets in nine matches.

FEELING AT HOME
The Beavers are 5-0-1 in their last six matches against Smith at Hartwell-Rogers Field and have outscored the Pioneers 14-2.

BABSON IN THE NCAA RANKINGS
The Beavers rank eighth nationally in shutout percentage and are 41st among Division III teams in goals against average.

LOOKING FOR THREE POINTS
Coming off a draw in its NEWMAC opener, the Green and White has not posted back-to-back ties in league play since 2006.

BOUNCING BACK QUICKLY
The Beavers have not lost back-to-back games since October 23 and 27 of the 2012 season, a stretch of 49 matches.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Babson is 6-1-0 this season and has won 19 of its last 21 matches (19-1-1) when scoring first going back to 9/18/12.

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