BABSON PARK, Mass. – The Babson College women's soccer team remained unbeaten in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play with a 2-0 victory over visiting Mount Holyoke College at Hartwell-Rogers Field on Saturday afternoon. First-year Avika Shah (Scotch Plains, N.J.) recorded a goal and an assist for the Beavers, who are now 10-2-1 overall and 5-0-0 in the league.
With the loss, the Lyons dipped to 3-6-0 overall and 2-3-0 in NEWMAC play.
Babson held a 26-10 shot advantage in the contest, but the hosts failed to break through against first-year goalie Mackenzie Randall (Harwinton, Conn.) for the first 78 minutes of play. The Beavers finally snapped the scoreless deadlock with just over 11 minutes left in regulation, when Shah collected a loose ball off her own blocked pass at the top of the box and ripped a perfect shot into the upper right corner for her second goal of the season at 78:54.
The Beavers made it 2-0 three and a half minutes later, beginning with a cross from the right corner by junior Kelly Hanly (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.). Shah then headed the ball to the left side of the box, where junior Amy Festa (Medfield, Mass.) headed it back toward the lower right corner. Randall made a diving effort to get a hand on it, but the ball trickled just inside the post for Festa's fourth goal of the season at 81:13.
That was more than enough for senior captain Lisa Wojnar (Bellaire, Texas), who made five saves in net to earn her eighth shutout of the season. Her two best stops both came in the second half, as she made a lunging denial on a shot from the right side by Mount Holyoke junior Kiana Lussier (South Hadley, Mass.) in the 70th minute and then added a clean catch on a rocket by first-year Hannah Yee (Amherst, Mass.) off a free kick from 35 yards out in the 75th minute.
Randall finished with seven saves in net for the Lyons. Her best stop came in the final minute of the first half, when she made a fantastic leaping save to tip a high shot by Shah off the crossbar with 22 seconds remaining in the period. Randall then turned away first-year Mika Cucullo's (South Salem, N.Y.) point-blank bid off a header to the goal mouth by rookie Jessica DiPhilippo (Falmouth, Mass.) to keep the game scoreless in the 69th minute.