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Game Preview: Women's Soccer at No. 24 Springfield

Game Preview: Women's Soccer at No. 24 Springfield

Women's Soccer at No. 24 Springfield
Saturday, October 5—12:00pm
Irv Schmid Sports Complex—Springfield, Mass.

Babson and Springfield will meet for the 20th time Saturday afternoon in a series that dates back to 1998. The Beavers are 4-14-1 all-time against the Pride and have dropped six straight in the series, including five by one goal, going back to 2009.

The then top seeded Springfield edged Babson 1-0 in the NEWMAC tournament semifinals last year in Springfield, Mass. First year Nicole Fowler netted the lone goal of what proved to be a defensive battle all game long.

Cara Forsberg scored the game-winning goal in the 57th minute and Marci McCormack made five saves to earn the shutout in the Beavers 1-0 win over the Pride on October 9, 2004.

No. 24 Springfield (6-3-0, 2-0-0 NEWMAC) had its three-game winning streak snapped in a 2-0 loss at Williams on Wednesday. The Pride, which has opened conference play with a pair of one-goal victories, gave up a goal in each half to the Ephs and were outshot 23-9. Sarah Myers made all seven of her saves in the first half for Springfield. Seniors Kim Rasmussen and Nina Vital have each scored twice to pace the Pride, while another senior, Ashley Carressi, leads the team with three assists and is one of seven players with one goal on the year. The Pride's defensive has been sharp all season long, only allowing 1.19 goals per game. Lucy Gillett has made six starts in goal, posting a 0.97 goals against average while recording four shutouts.

Babson (7-2-1, 2-1-0 NEWMAC) is coming off a tough 2-1 OT conference loss at WPI on Tuesday night in. Senior Mika Cucullo scored her second goal of the year off a feed from classmate Meghan Andrew in the 60th minute, but the Engineers scored 9:16 into the extra session to earn their first league win. Junior Jessica Diphilippo has registered five goals and six assists and is tied for second in the conference with 16 points, while classmate Jenny Moore has contributed a team leading six goals to go along with three assists for 15 points. Junior Melina Kapotsis and first-year Meaghan Merullo  have combined to post five shutouts and have a goals against average of 0.67, which is good for second in the NEWMAC.

The Beavers, who are 0-2-1 in overtime games this season, last won a game in extra time on September 20, 2011 against Endicott.