WELLESLEY, Mass.—Visiting Babson College scored late in each half on its way to defeating Wellesley College, 2-0, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's soccer action on Tuesday afternoon at the Wellesley Outdoor Fields Complex.
Babson, which snapped a three-game skid, improves to 6-9-2 overall and remains in contention for the final NEWMAC Tournament spot at 3-6-0 in conference play. Wellesley sees its season come to an end at 4-9-3 overall and 1-6-3 in the league.
Senior Jessica Fernandes (Pawtucket, R.I.) and junior Maggie McCabe (Weston, Mass.) each scored for the Beavers. First-year goalkeeper Kayla Salmon (Arlington, Va.) faced just one shot and did not have to make a save to earn her first career shutout.
Junior Olivia Reckley (Grosse Ile, Mich.) and first-year Eleanor Mallett (Berwick, Maine) combined to make four saves for the Blue.
The Green and White attempted the only three shots of the first half and took a 1-0 lead on Fernandes' team-leading seventh goal of the year just 49 seconds from the break. The Beavers appeared to double their advantage in the 58th minute when they scored off a corner kick but the goal was called back due to a foul in the box.
Babson tacked on a late insurance marker, her fourth of the season, when she put away a free kick in the 86th minute.
The Beavers outshot Wellesley 13-1 and both sides attempted two corner kicks in the match.
Babson returns to action on Saturday when it hosts Mount Holyoke in its regular season finale at 4:30 p.m.
• The Beavers are now 20-19-8 all-time against Wellesley and picked up their first win in the series since 2015.
• Tuesday's win helped Babson improve to 5-0 this season and 30-0-2 dating back to late September 2013 when leading at halftime.
• With her first-half tally against the Blue, Fernandes now ranks eighth in program history in goals (26) and ninth all-time in points (64).
• McCabe has scored in back-to-back games and has produced at least a point in six of Babson's last nine matches.