BABSON PARK, Mass.—Senior Nikki Wilson (Shrewsbury, Mass.) scored twice inside of a minute midway through the second half as visiting Bowdoin College defeated Babson College, 2-0, in non-conference women's soccer action on Tuesday afternoon at Hartwell-Rogers Field.
With the loss, Babson slips to 1-1-0 on the year, while Bowdoin is now 1-0-0.
Junior goalkeeper Maddison Gierschick (Hopkinton, Mass.) finished with seven saves for the Beavers, who were limited to just one shot over the final 45 minutes.
Junior Claire Dardinski (Scituate, Mass.) and first-year Aine Lawlor (Helena, Mont.) both picked up assists for the Polar Bears. Senior goalkeeper Rachel Stout (Lakeville, Minn.) finished with four first-half saves in the win.
Wilson opened the scoring in the 65th minute when she touched home the rebound of a shot by Lawlor inside the six-yard box for a 1-0 advantage. She added to the lead just 30 seconds later by taking a feed from Dardinski and ripping a low shot from just inside the edge of the penalty box past Gierschick to make it a two-goal margin.
Babson sophomore Maggie McCabe (Weston, Mass.) nearly broke the scoreless deadlock in the 40th minute when her shot from 20 yards bounced inside the six and nearly over Stout's head. McCabe also had an attempt blocked by a Bowdoin defender near the back post in the 43rd minute, and junior Katherine Cullen's (Newton, Mass.) rebound from the corner of the six-yard box deflected off the post and out of danger.
The Polar Bears finished with a 15-6 edge in shots and a 4-2 advantage in corner kicks.
Both teams return to action on Saturday as Babson travels to nationally-ranked Stevens for a 3:30 p.m. start, while Bowdoin visits Amherst at 12 p.m.
• The Beavers are now 1-3-2 over their last six matches against Bowdoin.
• Despite Tuesday's loss, the Green and White is 16-7-3 against non-conference foes going back to 2014.
• Babson has been tied at halftime in four straight matches going back to last season.