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Game Preview: Women's Soccer at Aurora

Game Preview: Women's Soccer at Aurora

Women's Soccer at Aurora
Sunday, September 2 | 2:30 p.m.
Spartan Athletic Park | Montgomery, Ill.

THE SERIES
• Babson will take on Aurora for the second time in program history on Sunday. The Beavers lost the only other meeting between the squads 3-2 back in 2009.

LAST MEETING
• Babson fell to Aurora 3-2 on September 4,, 2009, in Chicago. Patty Pytlik '10 scored twice for the Beavers, while Haley Pschirrer tallied two goals for the Spartans.
• Aurora took the lead for good on a marker by Jessica Novickas in the 62nd minute.

SCOUTING THE SPARTANS
• Aurora (0-1-0) allowed three first-half goals and dropped its season opener to Methodist 3-0 on Friday afternoon.
• The Spartans, who return 14 players, went 7-9-1 last season and made it NACC Tournament for the 11th straight season. The team brings back four of its top five scorers, led by junior Alexis Abelove (8-4-20) and sophomore Jessica Ortiz (8-2-18).
• Senior goalkeeper Taylor Joiner, who made three saves in Friday's loss, appeared in eight games last season posting a 3.17 goals against average and a .667 save percentage.
• Aurora was picked to finish third in the NACC preseason poll.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Babson (1-0-0) opened the 2018 campaign with a 5-0 rout of Illinois College on Friday afternoon. Senior Jessica Fernandes had two goals and classmate Emma Dineen contributed a goal and an assist in the win.
• The Beavers return 19 players, including four of their top five scorers, from a team that went 9-8-3 overall and advanced to the NEWMAC semifinals for the fifth time in six years last season.
• Dineen (7-1-15) and Fernandes (3-3-9) combined for 10 goals last fall, while senior goalkeeper Maddison Gierschick posted a 1.36 goals against average, a .822 save percentage and a total of 134 saves in 20 matches.
• Babson, which went 6-1-2 in October last season, was tied for third in the NEWMAC preseason.

GOING TO GOAL
• Dineen, who missed Babson's final three matches due to injury last season, has now scored in six of her last nine matches going back to September 30, 2017.
• Fernandes became the 11th player in program history to surpass the 20-goal mark for her career with her brace against Illinois College on Friday.

RETURN TO THE MIDWEST
• The Green and White is making its first trip to the Midwest since 2009, when it dropped matches to Sunday's opponent Aurora and the University of Chicago. The season-opening trip is also a homecoming for Dineen, who resides in the Chicago suburb of Hinsdale.

DEPENDABLE DEFENSE
• In addition to Gierschick, juniors Julia Janikies and Maya King and sophomore Scarlet Broderick all started at least 13 contests in 2017. The Beavers recorded three clean sheets and conceded just nine goals over their final 10 matches last year.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• The Beavers are unbeaten in 28 straight games (26-0-2) when leading at halftime.

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