BABSON PARK, Mass.—Senior Sam Volpe (Groton, Mass.) scored in the 90th minute to lift No. 13 United Soccer Coaches/No. 14 D3soccer.com to a 1-0 win over Babson College in non-conference women's soccer action on Saturday afternoon at Hartwell-Rogers Field.
With the loss, Babson slips to 3-2-1 overall, while Brandeis improves to 5-0-0 on the year.
First-year Kayla Salmon (Arlington, Va.) finished with three saves in her collegiate goalkeeper debut for the Beavers. Junior Sierra Dana (Lombard, Ill.) made two first-half stops, while classmate Victoria Richardson (Tolland, Conn.) did not have to make a second-half save to record her first win of the year for the Judges.
The majority of quality scoring chances came in the opening 45 minutes for both sides. Babson senior Emma Dineen (Hinsdale, Ill.) had a shot from along the end line glance off the far post in the 26th minute, and classmate Jessica DeLuca (Sudbury, Mass.) had her bid from the center of the box following a corner saved by Dana in the 27th minute.
Salmon raced off her line to deflect a shot by Brandeis senior Julia Matson (Rockland, Mass.) at the edge of the box in the 20th minute. Matson had another chance less than a minute later but sent her attempt off a pass from first-year Juliette Carreiro (Upton, Mass.) just over the crossbar.
The Beavers' best scoring chance after halftime came in the 74th minute when first-year Katelyn Korzec's (Whitman, Mass.) cross had to be cleared out of danger by Judges senior back Julia Jaffe (Plantation, Fla.). Brandeis was stymied by a strong Babson back line throughout the second half, but took advantage of a chance in the waning seconds to break the scoreless deadlock.
Volpe beat Salmon and a Beavers' defender to a long ball from Matson at the top of the box and touched it into space before hitting the open net for her second goal of the year with 43 seconds to go to help the Judges avoid the upset.
Brandeis finished with a 15-4 edge in shots while both teams attempted three corner kicks.
Babson returns to action on Sunday when it travels to Bates at 2 p.m., while Brandeis travels to Tufts next Saturday at 1 p.m.
• The Beavers are 17-23-3 all-time against the Judges.
• Babson, which played its first five games on the road, saw its six-game unbeaten streak in home openers come to an end on Saturday.
• Saturday's setback also snapped the Beavers' 16-game unbeaten streak when allowing one goal or fewer.