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Game Preview: Women's Soccer at WPI

Game Preview: Women's Soccer at WPI

Women's Soccer at WPI
Tuesday, October 1—7:00pm
Alumni Field—Worcester, Mass.

Babson and WPI will meet for the 20th time on Tuesday night in a series that dates back to 1995. The Beavers hold an 11-7-1 edge all-time and won have won three straight matches since 2010.

Babson jumped to a 2-0 lead early in the second half before holding on for a 3-2 victory over the Engineers on September 22, 2012 in Babson Park. Amy Festa '13, Ashley Tourso '13 and current senior Mika Cucullo all scored for the Beavers, while current senior Megan Forti notched a goal and an assist for WPI.

Hailey Taylor had a goal and an assist as the Engineers built a two-goal halftime lead en route to a 3-1 win over Babson to close the regular season on October 27, 2009 in Worcester.

WPI (6-3-1, 0-2-0 NEWMAC) is winless in its last four games after falling 5-1 at Wheaton on Saturday afternoon. Forti staked the Engineers to a 1-0 lead just 10:42 into the match, but the Lyons tied the game in the 28th minute, and then took command with a tally just 90 seconds from halftime and two more goals in the opening 3:48 of the second half. Forti has scored seven goals and notched a conference-high seven assists on the year for a league-best 21 points. Fellow senior Courtney Langley has scored five times while sophomore Jaime Espinola is second on the team with four assists. Senior goalkeeper Maddie Willer has started all 10 matches, posting a 2.00 goals against average to go along with 46 saves.

Babson (7-1-1, 2-0-0 NEWMAC) bounced back from its first loss of the season by cruising past Smith, 4-0, on Saturday afternoon. Junior Jessica DiPhilippo scored a pair of goals and assisted on another as the Beavers remained unbeaten at home. Classmate Jenny Moore scored once and tacked on an assist, while first-year Katie McKenna notched her second goal of the season in the win. DePhilippo (five goals, six assists) is currently second in the league in scoring with 16 points, while Moore is fourth in the conference with six goals and tied for third in scoring with 15 points. Senior Meghan Andrew has scored four times and junior Rachael Kantor is second on the team with four assists. Junior Melina Kapotsis and first-year Meaghan Merullo have combined to post a 0.54 goals against average and have conceded just five goals this season while combining for five shutouts.

The Beavers have won 13 straight matches when scoring two goals or more dating back to September 18, 2012.