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Women's Soccer Tripped Up by Smith, 2-1

Women's Soccer Tripped Up by Smith, 2-1

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Junior Reilly Sullivan (Keene, N.H.) scored the go-ahead goal in the 51st minute to help visiting Smith College defeat Babson College, 2-1, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's soccer action on Saturday afternoon at MacDowell Field.

Babson, which has dropped three of its last four games, slips to 5-7-2 overall and 2-4-0 in league play, while Smith improves to 7-8-0 overall and 2-5-0 in the NEWMAC.

Senior Jessica Fernandes (Pawtucket, R.I.) had a goal and classmate Elizabeth Mycock (Windham, Maine) stopped five shots in her season debut for the Beavers.

Sophomore Jessica Matsuoka (Redding, Conn.) scored her first goal of the year and Sullivan chipped in with an assist for the Pioneers, who got four saves from first-year goalkeeper Naomi Falkenberg (Sutton, Mass.).

Smith opened the scoring in the 26th minute when Sullivan played a ball down the right wing for Matsuoka, who took a touch before blistering a shot past Mycock at the near post for a 1-0 lead. The Green and White wasted little time finding an equalizer though, as Fernandes cut back inside from the left wing and hit a 35-yard strike that went off Falkenberg's outstretched fingertips into the upper corner just 56 seconds later.

The Beavers' goal came on the heels of two near misses in the opening 15 minutes. Senior Emma Dineen (Hinsdale, Ill.) flicked a header that skipped through the box and hit the post off a service from junior Julia Janikies (Coventry, R.I.) in the 12th minute, and Dineen sent a 23-yard free kick just over the crossbar in the 16th minute.

The Pioneers went in front to stay thanks to a penalty kick after sophomore Peyton McBride (Manchester, N.H.) was taken down in the box less than five minutes into the second half. Sullivan stepped up and blasted the spot kick under the crossbar for her third goal of the season.

Babson dominated possession throughout much of the second half but forced Falkenberg to make just one save, which came on junior Naomi Oki's (Waimanalo, Hawaii) shot from distance in the 55th minute. Junior Maggie McCabe (Weston, Mass.) sent a free kick just wide of the right post in the 69th minute and had a half volley sail wide with under six minutes to go in the match.

The Beavers finished with a slim 17-15 edge in shots, while the Pioneers held a 5-4 advantage in corner kicks.

Babson returns to action on Tuesday when it travels to MIT at 4 p.m., while Smith visits Springfield on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

• The Beavers 23-19-3 all-time against Smith but saw their 13-game unbeaten streak in the series come to an end on Saturday.
• With her tally, Fernandes is now tied for eighth in program history in goals (25) and tied for ninth on Babson's all-time list with 62 points.
• Saturday's appearance was the first since October 15, 2016, for Mycock, who missed all of last season and the first 13 matches of this fall due to injury.
• Each of the Beavers' first six conference matches have been decided by a single goal this fall.