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Game Preview: Women's Soccer at MIT

Game Preview: Women's Soccer at MIT

Women's Soccer at MIT
Saturday, October 26—1:00pm
Steinbrenner Stadium—Cambridge, Mass.

Babson and MIT will meet for the 35th time on Saturday afternoon in a series that dates back to 1985. The Beavers are 24-5-5 all-time against the Engineers but will be looking for their first win in the series since 2010.

Current senior Meghan Andrew and current junior Jessica DiPhilippo each scored a second half goal for Babson, but MIT was able to hold on for a 3-2 victory after taking a three-goal lead in the 60th minute on September 15, 2012 in Cambridge. 

Kristy Benoit '11 scored the game's only goal just 3:38 into the contest and Lisa Wojnar '12 made seven saves as the Beavers topped MIT, 1-0, in its regular season finale on October 30, 2010 in Babson Park.

MIT (10-2-3, 5-1-1 NEWMAC), which is currently ranked eighth in the NCAA's regional rankings, enters Saturday's match unbeaten in its last six games (5-0-1) since September 28. The Engineers got a pair of goals from Ambika Krishnamachar and a first-half tally from Amma Okwara in their 3-1 win over Salem State on Tuesday. Krishnamachar leads MIT with seven goals and 14 points on the year, while senior Michaelann Rodriguez has scored five goals and is tied for second on the team with 11 points. Another senior, Rachel Dias Carlson, has scored three times to go along with a team-high five assists, and first-year Annelise Steele has chipped in with three goals. First-year Laruen Ullmann has started all 15 games, posting a 0.50 goals against average, anchoring a defense that has conceded only eight goals and registered seven shutouts.

Babson (9-3-3, 4-2-2 NEWMAC) is coming off a 2-1 double overtime victory over Emerson on Tuesday and is now unbeaten in its last three matches. Andrew followed up a shot by sophomore Kristina Simonson to notch the game-winning goal at the 108:13 mark to help the Beavers escape with a pivotal conference win. DiPhilippo, who also scored in the win over the Lyons, is tied for the team lead with six goals, leads the squad with six assists and is tied for fifth in the league in scoring with 18 points. Junior Jenny Moore has notched six goals to go along with four assists while Andrew has scored five times and chipped in with a pair of assists. Junior goalkeeper Melina Kapotsis has started all 15 games for Babson and is fourth in the NEWMAC with a 0.74 goals against average, anchoring a defense that has registered eight shutouts on the season.

The Beavers are 8-1-3 on the year in games where they are ahead or tied at halftime.