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Game Preview: Women's Soccer vs. Emerson

Game Preview: Women's Soccer vs. Emerson

Women's Soccer vs. Emerson
Tuesday, October 20—3:30 p.m.
Hartwell-Rogers Field—Babson Park, Mass.

Babson and Emerson will meet for just the third time on Tuesday afternoon in a series that started in 2013. The Beavers have won each of the previous two meetings between the sides.

Jessica DiPhilippo '15 scored in the sixth minute and later added an assist to help Babson defeat Emerson, 3-1, on October 21, 2014, in Boston. Senior Kristina Simonson and sophomore Kelsey Ford also scored for the Beavers, who built a 2-0 lead in the first 10 minutes of the match.

Emerson (9-4-1, 1-4-1 NEWMAC) has dropped four of its last six following Saturday's 3-1 loss at Springfield. Senior Tayllar Righini scored in the 20th minute for the Lions before the Pride responded with three unanswered markers. Graduate student Alexandra Dezenzo (10-5-25) is third in the conference in scoring, while first-year Paige Haley (10-3-23) and Righini (9-0-18) have combined for six game-winning tallies on the year. Junior goalkeeper Melanie Escobar has started each of the last three matches and has posted a 1.23 goals against average and a .750 save percentage to go along with three shutouts in 11 appearances this fall.

Babson (11-2-3, 4-0-3 NEWMAC) extended its winning streak to five and its unbeaten streak to seven with a 2-0 win at Clark on Saturday. Junior Jennifer Narlee and first-year Jessica Fernandes each scored in the second half for the Beavers, who are currently ranked fourth in the NSCAA New England poll. Fernanded (7-3-17) is tied for eighth in the NEWMAC in scoring, junior Olivia Kerester (6-4-16) has contributed three goals and two assists over the last three matches and senior Meghan Tyson (4-3-11) leads the Green and White with three game-winning markers. First-year goalkeeper Elizabeth Mycock leads the conference in goals against average (0.49) and save percentage (.885), and has recorded six clean sheets on the year.

Saturday's shutout was the 11th of the season for the Beavers, which leaves this season's squad just one short of the team record set back in 1993.

Narlee received her second NEWMAC Defensive Player of the Week award on Monday after notching the third game-winning goal of her career and helping the Green and White  to its fourth consecutive clean sheet in league play.

Babson is unbeaten in its first seven conference games for the first time since 2011 and would match the 2008 squad at eight straight games without a loss with a win or a tie against the Lions on Tuesday.

The current senior class, which will play its final regular-season home game on Tuesday, has gone 28-7-5 at Hartwell-Rogers Field since arriving on campus in 2012.
The Beavers are 10-0-2 this season when conceding one goal or less.