BABSON PARK, Mass. – Babson College scored two goals in the first half and senior goalie Lisa Wojnar (Bellaire, Texas) made seven saves in net as the Beavers defeated visiting WPI, 2-0, in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's soccer contest at Hartwell-Rogers Field on an overcast Saturday afternoon. With its seventh straight win, Babson improved to 8-1-1 overall and 3-0-0 in the conference, while the Engineers slipped to 1-8-1 overall and 0-2-1 in NEWMAC play.
The Beavers are now unbeaten in their last nine games (8-0-1) since suffering a season-opening defeat to fourth-ranked William Smith. The 3-0-0 start in NEWMAC play is the program's best since 2007.
Babson jumped out to an early 1-0 lead less than 11 minutes into the game, as junior back Kelly Hanly (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) placed a shot from 35 yards out over sophomore goalie Maddie Willer (Penfield, N.Y.) and into the upper right corner for her first goal of the season at 10:36. The Engineers then had a great chance to tie it moments later, but Wojnar stopped a point-blank bid by first-year Lauren Frank (Somerset, Mass.) and the rookie's follow-up attempt on her own rebound sailed just over the crossbar at the 11-minute mark.
The Beavers made it 2-0 later in the first half, beginning when senior Lauren Clement (Pittsfield, Mass.) took a cross from junior Amy Festa (Medfield, Mass.) and fired a shot from directly in front of the net. Willer made a diving save on the initial attempt, but sophomore Stefani Paulinelli (Weston, Fla.) booted the rebound into the lower left corner for her fourth goal of the year at 37:57.
That would be more than enough for Wojnar, who turned away a total of seven shots in net to earn her eighth win and sixth shutout of the season. In addition to her denial of Frank's shot in the 11th minute, the senior captain also added a nice diving save on a bending shot by sophomore Kelly Ames (Glastonbury, Conn.) just three minutes into the contest. In the second half, she made a big stop on a wide-open look by Frank in the 59th minute and later tipped an Ames free kick from just outside the box over the crossbar in the 68th minute.
Willer also made seven saves in net for WPI, including one on a close range bid by sophomore Mika Cucullo (South Salem, N.Y.) at the 48-minute mark as well as back-to-back stops on a free kick by junior Nichole Vargas (Warren, R.I.) and a follow-up shot by senior Lauren Clement (Pittsfield, Mass.) in the 71st minute.
Both teams return to action with NEWMAC games on Tuesday night as WPI hosts MIT in a 7:00pm start, and Babson travels to Worcester for a 6:00pm match with Clark.