WORCESTER, Mass.—Junior Jennifer Narlee (Medfield, Mass.) and first-year Jessica Fernandes (Pawtucket, R.I.) scored a little over eight minutes apart in the second half as visiting Babson College defeated Clark University, 2-0, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Cofnerence (NEWMAC) women's soccer action on Saturday afternoon at Granger Field.
Babson, which is ranked fourth in the NSCAA New England poll, has won five straight games and is unbeaten in seven consecutive matches to move to 11-2-3 overall and 4-0-3 in conference play. Clark, which has dropped seven straight games, falls to 2-10-2 overall and 0-5-1 in the NEWMAC.
Juniors Olivia Kerester (Chappaqua, N.Y.) and Taylor Goldsborough (Williston, Vt.) each contributed an assist for the Beavers, who got two saves from first-year goalkeeper Elizabeth Mycock (Windham, Maine.).
The Green and White outshot the Cougars 10-2 over the opening 45 minutes but the game remained scoreless at halftime after sophomore Kelsey Ford's (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) blast in the 37th minute banged off the crossbar and out of danger. Kerester forced Clark senior goalkeeper Gabby Paolini (North Potomac, Md.) to make a diving save less than a minute into the second half, and the Goldsborough hit the crossbar in the 63rd minute.
Babson finally broke through in the 69th minute as Narlee scored her first goal of the season, converting a pass into the six-yard box from Kerester for a 1-0 lead. Fernandes made it a two-goal game in the 76th minute when she scored her team-leading seventh goal off a cross from Goldsborough.
Paolini made seven saves on the afternoon for the Cougars.
The Beavers finished with an 18-9 edge in shots and a 5-2 advantage in corner kicks.
Both teams return to action on Tuesday as Babson hosts Emerson at 3:30 p.m., while Clark faces Wellesley at 6:30 p.m.
• Babson is now 16-9-3 all-time against Clark and has won six of the last eight matches between the sides.
• The Beavers seven-game NEWMAC unbeaten streak is their longest since 2011.
• Kerester has now contributed three goals and two assists for eight points over Babson's last three matches.
• The shutout was the sixth of the season for Mycock and the 11th of the year for the Green and White, which is tied for the second most in school history along with the 2008 squad.
• The Green and White has gone 10-1-5 on the road since 10/29/13.