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Game Preview: Women's Soccer at Wheaton

Game Preview: Women's Soccer at Wheaton

Women's Soccer at Wheaton
Tuesday, October 29—3:00pm
Mirrione Stadium—Norton, Mass.

Babson and Wheaton will meet for the 41st time on Tuesday afternoon in a series that dates back to 1981. The Beavers are just 10-24-6 all-time against the Lyons and have gone 0-3-3 in the last six meetings between the two teams. 

Babson junior goalkeeper Melina Kapotsis made a career-high 11 saves and her counterpart, senior Taylor Wilson, stopped six shots as the sides played to a double-overtime 0-0 draw on October 20, 2012 in Babson Park.

Crystal Tifft and Eileen Connolly scored early in the second half and Katie Matthews made 10 saves to help the Beavers pick up a 2-1 victory over Wheaton on October 21, 1997 in Norton, Mass.

Colleen Liffers scored the game's only goal just 1:40 after halftime, knocking home a rebound at the left post, to give the Lyons a 1-0 victory over Babson on October 19, 2010 in Babson Park.

Wheaton (12-5-1, 7-1-0 NEWMAC) ran its winning streak to five games with a 2-0 win over Clark on Saturday. Junior Gabriella Verde and senior Rachelle Rodman each scored while Wilson posted her fifth consecutive shutout to help the Lyons take over first place in the conference. Verde and senior Kristina Braga have both scored eight goals on the season while first-year Kaitlin Montoya has notched six goals and a team-high seven assists. Sophomore Julia Cipriano has chipped in with five tallies and is one of four players on the squad with three assists on the year. After starting the season at 0-4-1 in goal, Wilson has lowered her goals against average on the year to 1.15. 
Babson (9-4-3, 4-3-2 NEWMAC) enters its regular-season finale looking to bounce back from a 4-0 setback at MIT on Saturday. The Engineers scored late in the first half and then pulled away with three second-half tallies. Junior Jessica DiPhilippo leads the Beavers with six goals and six assists on the year while classmate Jenny Moore is second on the team in scoring with six goals and four assists. Senior Meghan Andrew has scored five times to go along with a pair of assists, and classmate Mika Cucullo has chipped in with four goals. Kapotsis has started all 16 games and has posted a pair of shutouts to go along with a 1.02 goals against average.

Babson and Wheaton have battled to back-to-back 0-0 draws in each of the last two seasons. In the 33-year history of the women's soccer program, the Beavers have never played to three scoreless ties with an opponent.