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NEWMAC Quarterfinal Preview: Women's Soccer at Wellesley

NEWMAC Quarterfinal Preview: Women's Soccer at Wellesley

2013 NEWMAC Tournament--Quarterfinals
No. 5 Women's Soccer at No. 4 Wellesley
Tuesday, November 5—1:30pm
Hartwell-Rogers Field—Babson Park, Mass.

Babson and Wellesley will meet for the 42nd time on Tuesday afternoon in a series that dates back to 1982. The Blue hold an 18-16-7 edge all-time, but the Beavers are 6-2-3 against their crosstown rival since 2004.

Tuesday's match will be the ninth meeting between the two sides in NEWMAC/NEW 8 Tournament history, but just the first since 2007. The Beavers have advanced in five of the eight previous postseason meetings against the Blue, including a 3-2 semifinal victory in Norton, Mass., back in 2007.

Senior Lena Cardoso converted a feed from classmate LJ Foster just 5:13 into the contest for the game's only goal as Wellesley slipped past Babson, 1-0, on October 8 in Babson Park.

Amy Festa '13, Ashley Tourso '13 and current junior Jenny Moore all notched first-half goals as Babson rolled to a 3-1 victory over Wellesley on October 16, 2012 in Wellesley.

Fourth-seeded Wellesley (9-7-4, 6-1-3 NEWMAC) is unbeaten in its last eight matches (5-0-3) and is coming off a 1-1 2OT draw at Springfield to close the regular season on Saturday. Despite getting outshot 29-3, Abigail Hess tied the game with her tally in the 81st minute and sophomore Kat Goldsmith made 11 saves as the Blue earned a point on the road.  Senior LJ Foster is fourth in the league with 10 goals and 22 points, while first-year Kyla Petrie has scored four goals to go along with a team-high four assists, and is second on the team with 12 points. Goldsmith has started each of the last eight games, posting five shutouts while conceding just three goals. She has a 0.55 goals against average on the year to go along with a .915 save percentage.

Fifth-seeded Babson (9-4-4, 4-3-3 NEWMAC) enters the NEWMAC Tournament coming off a 1-1 2OT draw at Wheaton last Tuesday. Sophomore Meghan Tyson recorded her first goal of the season just 7:42 into the contest before the Lyons notched the equalizer just over 10 minutes into the second half.  Junior Jessica DiPhilippo leads the Beavers with six goals and six assists, which is tied for third in the league, for 18 points, while Moore has also contributed six goals and is tied for second on the team with four assists. Seniors Meghan Andrew and Mika Cucullo have chipped in with five and four goals on the year, respectively. Junior Melina Kapotsis has started all 17 matches this fall with a 1.00 goals against average, and anchors a Babson defense that has posted eight clean sheets. 

Going back to 2006, five of the Beavers' 12 conference tournament matches have been decided by penalty kicks.