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Game Preview: Women's Soccer vs. Smith

Game Preview: Women's Soccer vs. Smith

Women's Soccer vs. Smith
Saturday September 28—1:00pm
Hartwell-Rogers Field—Babson Park, Mass. 

Babson and Smith will meet for the 37th time on Saturday afternoon in a series that dates back to 1982. The Beavers are 18-18-2 all-time against the Pioneers, but have dominated the matchup as of late, winning six straight matches and going 7-1-2 since 2004.

Babson overtook Smith 4-1 behind a hat trick from Amy Festa '13 on October 13, 2012 in Babson Park.  Current sophomore Nikki Beatham also recorded the first goal of her college career on a sliding shot from 20 yards out while Ashley Tourso '13 chipped in with a pair of assists.

Monroe Peterson scored 8:40 into the first overtime, giving fifth-seeded Smith a 1-0 victory over fourth-seeded Babson in a NEWMAC quarterfinal on October 29, 2005 in Babson Park.

Smith (3-3-1, 1-0-0 NEWMAC) has played three straight overtime contests, including a 3-2 loss in 2OT on Wednesday against Westfield State. First-year Jackie Foody scored with 1:18 remaining in regulation to force extra time, but the Owls scored the game-winning goal with just 36 seconds left in the second overtime, sending the Pioneers to their third loss in the last five matches. Sophomore Jordan Houston leads the team with five goals and a pair of assists, while first-year Innis Hitt has chipped in with a pair of scores. First-year goalkeeper Alanna Lynch has a 2.05 goals against average and one shutout in seven starts.  

Babson (6-1-1, 1-0-0 NEWMAC) is coming off its first loss of the season, dropping a 2-1 OT decision at Endicott on Tuesday. First-year Olivia Kerester scored her second goal of the year to stake the Beavers to a 1-0 halftime lead, but the Gulls rallied to tie the game in the 55th minute before scoring the game-winner 9:26 into extra time. Junior Jenny Moore leads the team with five goals, and has been named NEWMAC Player of the Week twice this season, while classmate Jessica DiPhilippo (3 goals, 5 assists) is second on the team with 11 points. Junior Melina Kapotsis and first-year Meaghan Merullo have combined to post a 0.60 goals against average, conceding just five goals, with a .833 save percentage through eight matches. The Beavers have put up four shutouts at home this year, and are 5-0 overall at Hartwell-Rogers Field.

In 14 home games since the start of the 2012 season, the Beavers are 12-2-1 and have outscored their opponents 40-12, while posting seven shutouts.