Early Goal Sends Wellesley Past Women's Soccer, 1-0

Early Goal Sends Wellesley Past Women's Soccer, 1-0

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Senior Lena Cardoso (Seattle, Wash.) scored the game's only goal just 5:13 into the first half and sophomore goalkeeper Kat Goldsmith (Armonk, N.Y.) made it stand up with six saves as visiting Wellesley College slipped past Babson College, 1-0, in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's soccer match on Tuesday afternoon at Hartwell-Rogers Field.

With the win, Wellesley is now 5-7-1 overall and 2-1-0 in conference play while Babson falls to 7-3-2 overall and 2-2-1 in the league.

After being pinned in its defensive third for the opening five minutes of the game, the Blue scored on its first opportunity of the match. Senior LJ Foster (Safety Harbor, Fla.) won a ball at midfield and made a long run down the right flank before serving a long cross towards the top of the box. Cardoso settled the ball and ripped a 10-yard shot over Beavers' junior goalkeeper Melina Kapotsis (Watertown, Mass.) for her fourth goal of the season.

Babson had an opportunity to even the game late in the first half as first-year Jen Narlee (Medfield, Mass.) got to a bouncing ball inside the six-yard box following a corner kick from sophomore Kristina Simonson (Easton, Mass.), but Goldsmith was able make a sprawling save at the right post to keep Wellesley in front.

Senior Mika Cucullo (South Salem, N.Y.) had both of the Beavers' best second-half scoring opportunities. After eluding a defender at the top of the box she missed just high at 59:37, and later in the period had her shot saved following a pass from sophomore Nikki Beatham (Pittsford, N.Y.) in the 73rd minute.

Kapotsis finished with one first half save for Babson before giving way to first-year Meaghan Merullo (Winchester, Mass.), who made one stop in the second half.

The Beavers held a 14-5 advantage in shots and a 5-0 edge in corner kicks on the day.

Game Notes: The Beavers are now 16-18-7 all-time against Wellesley…Tuesday's loss was just the second for Babson against the Blue since 2004…The Beavers were shutout at home for the first time since a 0-0 2OT draw against Wheaton on October 20, 2012…Tuesday's loss snapped the Beavers seven-game home winning streak and a 10-game unbeaten streak at Hartwell-Rogers Field going back to October 2, 2012.