BABSON PARK, Mass. - The nationally-ranked Springfield College women's soccer team scored two first-half goals and then withstood a late Babson College comeback attempt as the Pride held on for a 2-1 victory over the Beavers in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contest at Hartwell-Rogers Field on Saturday afternoon.
Ranked 22nd in the most recent NSCAA national poll, Springfield improves to 5-2-1 overall and 1-0-0 in the conference, while Babson sees its six-game unbeaten streak come to an end to fall to 6-3-1 overall and 0-1-0 in the NEWMAC.
Babson held a 12-6 advantage in shots and a commanding 11-2 edge in corner kicks, but the Springfield defense held strong throughout the day. Meanwhile, the Pride took advantage of their limited opportunities, scoring on two of their five first-half shots to take a 2-0 lead. Senior Caitlin Sawczuk (Plainville, Conn.) netted the game's first goal when she headed in a pass from sophomore Katie Mantie (Wallingford, Conn.) off a corner kick at 22:57. The Pride then doubled their lead less than seven minutes later, beginning when sophomore Jen Jahoda (Lebanon, Conn.) got behind the defense and broke in alone on Babson junior keeper Sarah Macary (Woodbury, Conn.). Macary was able to block her initial shot with a charging slide 10 yards out, but the rebound caromed off Jahoda and trickled over the goal line at 29:51.
The Beavers refused to go quietly, mounting a 10-1 shot advantage in a dominating second-half performance. However, Babson managed just one goal during the onslaught, as first-year Ashley Tourso (Glen Rock, N.J.) gathered a loose ball at the top of the box and placed a perfect shot into the upper left corner at 68:26. The hosts would keep the ball in the Springfield zone for most of the remaining 20 minutes, but the Pride defense held them to just one shot on net the rest of the way as the visitors held on for the 2-1 victory.
Sophomore Hanna MacDougall (Warren, R.I.) was solid in net for the Pride, finishing with five saves in the win. Macary turned away two shots in goal for Babson.