WALTHAM, Mass.—Junior Julia Matson (Rockland, Mass.) scored a pair of second-half goals to help No. 18 D3soccer.com/No. 25 United Soccer Coaches Brandeis University defeat visiting Babson College, 3-0, in non-conference women's soccer action on Tuesday afternoon at Gordon Field.
Babson, which had its two-game winning streak snapped, falls to 3-4-0 on the year, while Brandeis improves to 6-1-0 with its sixth consecutive victory.
Junior goalkeeper Maddison Gierschick (Hopkinton, Mass.) finished with four saves for the Beavers.
First-year Mackenzie Smith (Northborough, Mass.) scored the Judges' opening goal in the 30th minute when she stuffed home a loose ball following a corner kick by junior Maddie Marx (Winchester, Mass.) for a 1-0 edge. Brandeis withstood a strong offensive push by Babson early in the second half and doubled its lead in the 62nd minute when Matson took advantage of a defensive miscue to notch her second goal of the season.
Matson followed with another tally just under eight minutes later when she took a feed from sophomore Katie Hayes (Eau Claire, Wis.) and chipped a shot over Gierschick into the side netting to make it 3-0.
The Green and White nearly broke the scoreless deadlock in the 19th minute when Brandeis sophomore goalkeeper Sierra Dana (Lombard, Ill.) was forced to punch away a cross that deflected off a defender. She followed it up with a clean save on a header by senior Colleen Beggan (Medfield, Mass.) on the ensuing corner kick.
Beavers' senior Victoria Penta (Belmont, Mass.) had her 25-yard free kick punched over the bar in the 47th minute, while junior Katherine Cullen (Newton, Mass.) one-timed a service into the box, but was denied by Dana, who made four saves, in the 51st minute.
The Judges finished with a 17-6 edge in shots and an 8-3 advantage in corner kicks.
Both teams return to action on Saturday at 1 p.m. as Babson visits Clark in its conference opener, while Brandeis hosts Tufts.
• The Beavers are now 17-22-3 all-time against Brandeis.
• Three of Babson's four losses this season have come to teams currently ranked in the national polls.
• The Green and White is now 3-3-0 in its last six road matches going back to last September.