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Game Preview: Women's Soccer at Wheaton

Game Preview: Women's Soccer at Wheaton

Women's Soccer at Wheaton
Tuesday, October 27—3:30 p.m.
Mirrione Stadium—Norton, Mass.

THE SERIES
Babson and Wheaton will meet for the 43rd time on Tuesday afternoon in a series that dates back to 1981. The Beavers are 10-24-8 all-time against the Lyons and are looking for their first win in the series since 1997. The sides have played to a draw in each of the last four regular-season matches.

WHAT'S AT STAKE
Both teams have clinched a berth in next week's seven-team NEWMAC Tournament and each is still alive to claim at least a share of the league's regular-season title. A victory on Tuesday would ensure Babson a top four seed and a home quarterfinal next Tuesday.

LAST MEETING
Jessica DiPhilippo '15 scored in the 66th minute and sophomore Victoria Penta notched the equalizer in the 86th minute as Babson erased a two-goal halftime deficit in a 2-2 double overtime draw with Wheaton on October 28, 2014, in Babson Park.

LAST BABSON WIN
Crystal Tifft '98 and Eileen Connolly '98 scored early in the second half, and Katie Matthews '00 made 10 saves to help the Beavers pick up the 2-1 victory over Wheaton on October 21, 1997, in Norton.

LAST WHEATON WIN
Colleen Liffers scored the game's only goal just 1:40 after halftime, knocking home a rebound at the left post, to give the Lyons a 1-0 victory over Babson on October 19, 2010, in Babson Park.

SCOUTING THE LYONS
Wheaton (12-5-1, 5-2-1 NEWMAC), which was eighth in the initial NCAA regional rankings, routed Clark, 7-0, for its fifth straight win on Saturday. Julia Cipriano finished with a goal and three assists for the Lyons, who have conceded just two goals over the last six matches. Cipriano (11-9-31), who is second in the league in scoring, has exploded for five goals and seven assists over the last five matches, while sophomores Megan Healy (4-2-10) and Caren McCarthy (4-0-8) have combined for five markers in league play. First-year goalkeeper Leann Wolf has posted a 0.64 goals against average and a .830 save percentage to go along with six clean sheets in 12 starts.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
Babson (12-3-3, 5-1-3 NEWMAC), which was fifth in the first NCAA regional rankings, had its six-game winning streak snapped in a 2-1 loss at MIT on Saturday. Sophomore Kelsey Ford scored in the 74th minute for the Beavers, who suffered their first defeat since September 22. Junior Olivia Kerester (7-4-18) is tied for seventh in the conference in scoring, first-year Jessica Fernandes (7-3-17) has scored three times in league play and Ford (4-4-12) as three goals and two assists over the last four games. First-year goalkeeper Elizabeth Mycock has a 0.63 goals against average, a .852 save percentage and six shutouts in 15 starts this fall.

MAKING AN IMPACT
Senior Meghan Tyson scored in the Beavers' 1-1 draw against Wheaton in 2013 and set up the game-tying goal in last season's 2-2 tie.

BOUNCING BACK WITH A RESULT
The Green and White has not dropped consecutive games since October 23 and 27 of 2012, a stretch of 58 matches.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
The Beavers are 10-0-1 this season and are unbeaten in their last 17 matches when conceding one goal or less.

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