BABSON PARK, Mass.—Junior Megan Marocco (Swampscott, Mass.) scored in the 89th minute to lift visiting Clark University to a 1-0 win over Babson College in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's soccer action on Saturday afternoon at Hartwell-Rogers Field.
Babson, which has dropped three straight games, slips to 3-4-1 overall and 0-1-0 in league play, while Clark improves to 6-1-1 overall and 2-0-0 in the NEWMAC with its third straight victory.
First-year Kayla Salmon (Arlington, Va.) finished with three saves for the Beavers while her counterpart, junior Julianna Christy (Plainville, Conn.), stopped four shots for the Cougars.
First-year Jamie Joseph (Cazenovia, N.Y.) took a pass from sophomore Inonge Kaloustian (Bowie, Md.) 30 yards from goal and fed Marocco, who took a touch at the top of the box before hitting a right-footed shot into the upper right corner for her second goal of the year at the 88:35 mark.
Babson's best scoring chance of the game came less than sixth minutes into the contest. Junior Maggie McCabe (Weston, Mass.) beat Christy to senior Julia Lindsay's (Newton, Mass.) long service at the edge of the box and pushed it around her only to have a Clark defender clear her shot off the goal line. Senior Emma Dineen (Hinsdale, Ill.) was unable to get to the rebound at the back post before the Cougars cleared the ball out of danger.
The Beavers finished with a 12-8 advantage in shots and attempted five of the games seven corner kicks.
Both teams are back in action on Tuesday as Babson hosts Endicott at 4 p.m., while Clark takes on Elms at 7 p.m.
• The Beavers are now 17-11-4 all-time against Clark.
• Saturday's loss marks just the second time Babson has dropped its conference opener going back to 2010.