BABSON PARK, Mass.—Sophomore Maggie McCabe (Weston, Mass.) scored the second of her two goals in the 87th minute as the Babson College women's soccer team rallied to defeat Wentworth, 2-1, in the season opener for both teams on Friday afternoon at Hartwell-Rogers Field.
McCabe's brace helped the Beavers rally after falling behind 1-0 less than five minutes into the second half. Sophomore Julia Janikies (Coventry, R.I.) recorded her first career assist for the Green and White in the win.
Following a scoreless first half, senior Emily Richard (Fremont, N.H.) put the Leopards in front in the 50th minute. Despite having her initial thru ball deflected by a defender, she raced to the loose ball at the edge of the box and fired a low shot past charging Babson sophomore goalkeeper Maddison Gierschick (Hopkinton, Mass.) for a 1-0 edge.
Junior goalkeeper Christie Fleming (Braintree, Mass.), who came on at halftime for Wentworth, was tested twice and made two good saves over the first 20 minutes of the second half to keep Babson (1-0) scoreless. McCabe finally broke through in the 77th minute when she took a pass from Janikies, who regained possession with a tackle along the sideline, and hit a low shot past Fleming for the equalizer.
McCabe helped the Beavers complete the comeback with her game winner in the 87th minute. She collected a back-pass from sophomore Olivia West (Norwell, Mass.) 25 yards from goal and beat a defender before putting her left-footed strike from the edge of the box into the upper corner for a 2-1 advantage.
Gierschick made six saves for the Green and White, while Fleming and junior Micaela Robinson (Goshen, N.Y.) combined to stop five shots for the Leopards.
The Beavers finished with a 13-9 edge in shots and attempted seven of the game's eight corner kicks.
Both teams return to action on Tuesday as Babson hosts Bowdoin at 4:30 p.m., while Wentworth takes on Emmanuel at 7 p.m.
• Friday's meeting was the first between Babson and Wentworth.
• The Beavers are now unbeaten in six straight home openers (4-0-2) going back to 2012.
• Friday's victory was the first for Babson when allowing the first goal since rallying past Smith in a NEWMAC Tournament quarterfinal match on November 4, 2014.
• The Green and White extended its unbeaten streak to 19 matches when scoring at least two goals.