NORTHAMPTON, Mass.—Babson College scored a pair of first-half goals and junior goalkeeper Maddison Gierschick (Hopkinton, Mass.) made it stand up with four saves as the Beavers defeated Smith College, 2-1, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's soccer action on Saturday afternoon.
With its third straight win, Babson is now 6-6-2 overall and 3-1-2 in conference play, while Smith dips to 5-8-0 overall and 1-6-0 in the NEWMAC.
Senior Colleen Beggan (Medfield, Mass.) and junior Jessica Fernandes (Pawtucket, R.I.) both scored for the Beavers, who also got an assist from first-year Scarlet Broderick (Middlebury, Conn.). Gierschick made three of her four saves in the second half.
First-year Kelly McCarthy (Wilton, Conn.) scored for the Pioneers, who got six saves from senior goalkeeper Shelby Hall (West Springfield, Mass.).
The Green and White took a 1-0 lead just 7:08 into the match when Fernandes converted a penalty kick after being taken down by a Smith defender inside the box. Hall made three early saves to keep the margin at one before Beggan notched her first career goal off a corner kick by Broderick to give the Beavers a two-goal advantage in the 27th minute.
Babson nearly extended its lead to three early in the second half, but Hall denied an attempt by junior Kathryn Clark (Cape Elizabeth, Maine), and Clark sent the rebound wide with just over 30 minutes to play. The Pioneers took advantage by cutting their deficit in half when McKenna converted a feed from sophomore Reilly Sullivan (Keene, N.H.) to get within 2-1 in the 71st minute.
The Beavers' defense allowed just one shot over the final 19 minutes, which was stopped by Gierschick, to close out the victory.
Babson finished with an 11-7 advantage in shots and a 4-3 edge in corner kicks.
Both teams return to action on Tuesday as the Beavers nationally-ranked MIT at 3:30 p.m., while Smith takes on Springfield at 4 p.m.
• The Beavers are 23-18-3 all-time against Smith and are unbeaten in 13 straight matches (11-0-2) against the Pioneers going back to 2006. The streak includes seven victories in a row at Smith.
• Babson is unbeaten in 25 consecutive games (23-0-2) when leading at halftime.
• Fernandes is now tied for 11th in program history in goals (19) and tied for 14th on the school's all-time list with 47 points.
• With her four saves on Saturday, Gierschick becomes the first Babson goalkeeper to surpass 100 stops in a season since Lisa Wojnar '12 in 2011.