BABSON PARK, Mass.—Senior Maya King (Auburndale, Mass.) and first-year Maria Colon Figeuroa (Needham, Mass.) both scored their first collegiate goals as Babson College defeated visiting Wellesley College, 3-1, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's soccer action on Tuesday afternoon at Hartwell-Rogers Field.
With the win, Babson improves to 7-8-2 overall and 3-4-2 in league play, while Wellesley sees its season come to a close at 4-12-1 overall and 1-8-1 in the NEWMAC.
Junior Addie Lalor (Washington, D.C.) contributed a goal and senior Julia Janikies (Coventry, R.I.), junior Scarlet Broderick (Middlebury, Conn.) and sophomore Kate Ryan (Winchester, Mass.) each recorded an assist for the Beavers. First-year goalkeeper Morgan Fedosiewich (Ottawa, Ontario) finished with six saves, all in the first half.
First-year Thea Feldgoise (Brookline, Mass.) notched her team-leading eighth goal for the Blue, which got seven saves from senior goalkeeper Olivia Reckley (Grosse Ile, Mich.).
The Green and White jumped on top in the 36th minute on the counter attack after Wellesley pushed numbers forward for the only corner kick of the opening half. Colon Figeuroa carried the ball down the left flank following a long punt by Fedosieiwch and cut back inside to elude a defender at the top of the box before hitting a shot that went off Reckley's fingertips and trickled over the goal line for a 1-0 advantage.
Wellesley, which outshot the Beavers 14-6 in the opening half, pulled even just over three minutes into the second half when Feldgoise buried a penalty kick following reckless tackle in the box. Reckley came up with two big saves to keep the game deadlocked before King put Babson in front for good when she headed home Broderick's corner in the 62nd minute.
The Beavers extended their lead to 3-1 on Lalor's third goal of the year in the 82nd minute. Ryan ran onto Janikies throw-in along the right sideline and sent a cross into the box for Lalor, who volleyed it past Reckley for the final margin.
The Green and White outshot Wellesley 8-1 over the final 45 minutes and attempted five of the seven corner kicks in the match.
Babson concludes the regular season on Saturday when it travels to Mount Holyoke at 1 p.m.
• The Beavers are now 21-19-8 all-time against Wellesley, which includes a 7-2-2 mark in the series over the last decade.
• Babson is 7-0-1 this season when scoring the opening goal of the contest.
• The Beavers wrap up the year with a 6-3-1 mark at home.
• Babson is 4-0-1 this fall and 34-0-3 since September of 2017 when leading at halftime.