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Women's Soccer Unable to Overcome Early Deficit in 3-2 Loss at Emerson

Women's Soccer Unable to Overcome Early Deficit in 3-2 Loss at Emerson

BOSTON—Visiting Babson College scored a pair of second-half goals but was unable to rally from an early deficit in a 3-2 loss to Emerson College in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's soccer action on Saturday afternoon at Rotch Field.

Babson, which has dropped three straight games, falls to 5-9-2 overall and 2-6-0 in league play, while Emerson improves to 9-5-1 overall and 5-2-1 in the NEWMAC.

Senior Jessica DeLuca (Sudbury, Mass.) and junior Maggie McCabe (Weston, Mass.) both scored for the Beavers, who got one save from senior goalkeeper Elizabeth Mycock (Windham, Maine).

Senior Jess Frost (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.) finished with a goal and two assists and classmates Paige Haley (San Diego, Calif.) and Kira Venturini (Wallingford, Pa.) both scored for the Lions. First-year goalkeeper Megan Rose (Danville, Calif.) finished with five saves in the victory.

Emerson took a 1-0 lead just 65 seconds into the match when Venturini headed Frost's corner kick home. The Lions doubled their margin in the 28th minute when Haley ran onto a long diagonal pass from Frost in the box and drilled a shot inside the near post for her sixth goal of the season.

Babson got on the board in the 67th minute when DeLuca easily converted a penalty kick after senior Jessica Fernandes (Pawtucket, R.I.) was taken down in the goal mouth on a corner kick. Emerson answered back less than five minutes later though as Frost gained possession of a bouncing free kick from deep in its defensive end and hit a shot from the top of the box that snuck past Mycock and inside the near post to make it 3-1.

The Beavers responded in the 76th minute when McCabe won a battle for the ball along the right flank and then hit a bending shot from just inside 30 yards that found the upper left corner to again make it a one-goal game. The Green and White had two great scoring chances in the closing minutes but was unable to find an equalizer. Fernandes sent a header from inside the penalty spot wide of the left post in the 82nd minute and first-year Katherine Ryan (Winchester, Mass.) had her shot in the 89th minute deflected out of play by an Emerson defender just in front of the goal.

The Beavers finished with a 15-7 advantage in shots and a slim 7-6 margin in corner kicks.

Both teams return to action on Tuesday as Babson travels to Wellesley at 3 p.m., while Emerson hosts Clark at 7 p.m.

• Saturday's loss was the first for the Beavers in six all-time meetings against Emerson.
• Five of Babson's six losses in league play have come by a one-goal margin.
• The Green and White is 1-3-1 when trailing at halftime this year.
• Saturday's loss marked just the fourth time in 51 matches going back to 2012 that the Beavers have lost when scoring at least two goals.