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Women's Soccer Tops Smith, 3-1

Women's Soccer Tops Smith, 3-1

NORTHAMPTON, Mass.—Sophomore Sydney McLaughlin (Sherborn, Mass.) scored twice to help visiting Babson College defeat Smith College, 3-1, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's soccer action on Saturday afternoon.

With the win, Babson improves to 6-7-1 overall and 2-3-1 in league play, while Smith slips to 6-8-1 overall and 2-5-0 in the NEWMAC.

Sophomore Katie Korzec (Whitman, Mass.) scored her first goal of the season for the Beavers, who got seven saves from first-year goalkeeper Morgan Fedosiewich (Ottawa, Ontario).

Senior Hannah Kelsey (Hopkinton, N.H.) had a goal and first-year Kelsey Cahill (Littleton, Colo.) recorded an assist for the Pioneers. Sophomore goalkeeper Naomi Falkenberg (Sutton, Mass.) made four saves in a losing effort.

Korzec put the Green and White in front 1-0 in the fifth minute with a brilliant strike into the upper right corner from 25 yards. The Beavers doubled their advantage in the 23rd minute as senior Maggie McCabe's (Weston, Mass.) pass deflected off two defenders to the feet of McLaughlin, who blasted a shot past Falkenberg from the center of the box for her third tally of the season.

Smith pulled one back late in the first half on Kelsey's third goal of the fall. Cahill's shot from the right side of the box hit the far post and ricocheted back across the box and past a Babson defender before Kelsey touched home the rebound just 14 seconds before halftime to make it 2-1.

The Pioneers' momentum was short-lived however, as McLaughlin completed her brace with an impressive individual effort in the 49th minute. After gaining control of the ball 30 yards from goal on the left wing, she cut inside and split a pair of Smith defenders before finishing inside the near post to give Babson a 3-1 lead.

Fedosiewich made three stops over the first 10 minutes of the second half, and later denied Smith junior Peyton McBride (Manchester, N.H.) off a deflection by diving to her right in the 75th minute to keep the margin at two.

The Pioneers finished with a slim 15-14 edge in shots, while the Beavers held a 9-5 edge in corner kicks.

Both teams return to action on Tuesday at 3 p.m. as Babson hosts No. 10/12 MIT, while Smith takes on Springfield.

• The Beavers are 24-19-3 all-time against Smith and has been victorious in each of their last eight trips to Northampton.
• Babson is now 6-0-0 this season when scoring first and 3-0-0 when leading at halftime.
• McLaughlin has now scored four goals over the last three games for the Green and White.
• Saturday's victory snapped a seven-game winless streak on the road.