WELLESLEY, Mass.—Senior Maddie Carlborg (Burbank, Calif.) and junior Melise Knowles (Diablo, Calif.) scored eight minutes apart midway through the first half to lift Wellesley College to a 2-1 victory over visiting Babson College in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's soccer action on Tuesday afternoon.
Babson, which has dropped back-to-back games for the first time since 2012, slips to 5-4-2 overall and 3-2-0 in conference play, while Wellesley is now 5-5-0 overall and 2-1-0 in the NEWMAC.
First-year Naomi Oki (Waimanalo, Hawaii) scored her first career goal and senior Olivia Kerester (Chappaqua, N.Y.) contributed an assist for the Beavers.
Carlborg took a feed from senior Kyla Petrie (Denton, Texas) and buried a 20-yard shot for her third goal of the year to give the Blue a 1-0 lead in the 22nd minute. The hosts doubled their advantage in the 30th minute when Knowles tallied her second goal of the year off a restart.
The Beavers pulled one back just over nine minutes later when Oki took a pass from Kerester following a foul and beat Wellesley first-year goalkeeper Olivia Reckley (Grosse Ile, Mich.) to make it 2-1. Babson was unable to find a second-half equalizer though, as Reckley made a pair of saves on Oki and turned away a shot from first-year Maya King (Auburndale, Mass.) following a corner kick in the 85th minute.
Sophomore Elizabeth Mycock (Windham, Maine) made three saves for the Beavers, while Reckley stopped five shots for the Blue.
The Green and White finished with a 7-5 edge in shots, while Wellesley had a 7-5 advantage in corner kicks.
Both teams will be back in action on Saturday as Babson travels to Coast Guard at 12 p.m., while Wellesley visits Mount Holyoke for a 2 p.m. start.
• The all-time series between the Beavers and Wellesley is now deadlocked at 19-19-7.
• Babson is now 0-2-1 this season when trailing at halftime.
• Tuesday's loss was just the third in 17 matches away from home against conference opponents for the Beavers going back to 2014.
• Babson has assisted on eight consecutive goals going back to their September 11 match against Elms.