MONTGOMERY, Ill.—First-year Katherine Ryan (Winchester, Mass.) scored the first two goals of her collegiate career and three different players found the back of the net as Babson College defeated Aurora University, 4-1, on Sunday at Spartan Athletic Park.
With the win, the Beavers move to 2-0-0 on the year, while the Spartans fall to 0-2-0.
Senior Emma Dineen (Hinsdale, Ill.) and junior Maggie McCabe (Weston, Mass.) each recorded a goal, senior Jessica Fernandes (Pawtucket, R.I.) logged two assists, and junior Julia Janikies (Coventry, R.I) chipped in with an assist of her own. Senior Maddison Gierschick (Hopkinton, Mass.) earned her second win of the year, allowing just an own goal early in the second half.
The Green and White got on board first thanks to Dineen's second-minute goal. Janikies played a ball down field for Dineen, who was able to beat out two defenders and launch the ball into the back right corner of the net to give the Beavers a 1-0 advantage.
Babson doubled its lead in the 15th minute on Ryan's first marker of the match. Fernandes dribbled past the Spartan back line and Aurora senior goalkeeper Taylor Joiner (Freeport, Ill.) got tangled up in her own defender allowing her to dump the ball off to Ryan for an easy finish from the middle of the box. Ryan went on to score the final goal of the half with 20 minutes remaining in the half, to give the give the Beavers a 3-0 lead at the break.
The Green and White added to its lead early in the second half on McCabe's first tally of the year. Following a corner kick, Joiner made the initial save on a shot by Fernandes, but McCabe chipped the loose ball over the keeper to extend Babson's lead to 4-0.
Two minutes after the Beavers fourth goal, a foul on Fernandes gave Aurora a free kick opportunity. After the ball was launched into the box, a Beaver defender knocked it into her own goal while attempting to clear it, cutting Babson's advantage to 4-1.
The Green and White dominated in both shots, 12-5, and corner kicks, 3-1.
The Beavers return to action on Wednesday when they hit the road for a 4:30 match against Bowdoin, while the Spartans next outing is scheduled for 4:30 on Saturday against Kalamazoo .
• Babson now 1-1 all-time against Aurora
• With the first goal of match, Dineen has scored in seven of her last 10 matches going back to September 30, 2017.
• The Beavers are unbeaten in 29 straight games (27-0-2) when leading at halftime