CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Sophomore Kelsey Ford (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) scored for the third time in the last four games, but it wasn't enough as visiting Babson College suffered a 2-1 loss to MIT in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's soccer action on Saturday afternoon at Steinbrenner Stadium.
The defeat was the first in conference play, and snapped Babson's (12-3-3, 5-1-3 NEWMAC) six-game winning streak and its eight-game run without a loss. MIT, which is currently 10th in the NCAA New England regional rankings, is now 9-6-2 overall and 6-2-0 in the NEWMAC.
The Green and White, which is ranked fifth in the initial NCAA regional rankings, fell behind in the 11th minute as first-year Amy Apostol (Los Gatos, Calif.) converted a feed from senior Jennifer Ibanez (West Windsor, N.J.) to give the Engineers a 1-0 lead. First-year Allie Hrabchak (Princeton, N.J.) nearly extended the lead less than 90 seconds later, but her shot ricocheted off the crossbar and out of danger. Ibanez also had an attempt glance off the top of the bar in the 32nd minute for MIT.
The Engineers finally broke through for an insurance goal in the 53rd minute as Ibanez got her head on a free kick from sophomore Jacqueline Simmons (Houston, Texas), which went just off the fingertips of Beavers' first-year goalkeeper Elizabeth Mycock (Windham, Maine) to make it 2-0.
Ford pulled one back in the 74th minute though, getting to a loose ball that was misplayed by MIT junior goalkeeper Lauren Ullman (Princeton, N.J.) before finding the empty net to make it 2-1. Despite a couple of late opportunities, Babson was unable to equalize as junior Taylor Goldsborough's (Williston, Vt.) header sailed high in the 77th minute and Ullman made her only save on a shot by Ford in the 89th minute.
Mycock finished with five saves for the Beavers, who were outshot 18-5 on the afternoon.
Both teams return to action on Tuesday as Babson concludes its regular season with a 3:30 p.m. start at Wheaton, while MIT visits Emerson at 6 p.m.
• The Beavers are 24-8-6 all-time against MIT but have dropped are winless over their last seven matches against the Engineers.
• The defeat was just the third away from home over the last two seasons for the Green and White, which has gone 9-3-3 in road and neutral-field matches since the start of 2014.
• Babson is now 2-2-1 this season when scoring one goal or less on the year.
• The Beavers are 9-3-2 in the month of October over the last two seasons.