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Gierschick Makes 17 Saves as Women's Soccer Falls to No. 15 Stevens in 2OT, 2-1

Gierschick Makes 17 Saves as Women's Soccer Falls to No. 15 Stevens in 2OT, 2-1

HOBOKEN, N.J.—Junior goalkeeper Maddison Gierschick (Hopkinton, Mass.) made a career-high 17 saves as visiting Babson College pushed the 15th-ranked Stevens Institute of Technology to double overtime before suffering a 2-1 loss to the Ducks in the Engineering Cup on Saturday afternoon at the DeBaun Athletic Complex.

Babson, which has dropped two straight games, falls to 1-2-0 on the year, while Stevens improves to 1-1-1.

Senior Victoria Penta (Belmont, Mass.) scored her first goal of the season and sophomore Kerry Dunn (Cohasset, Mass.) recorded her first career assist for the Beavers.

Sophomore Julia Panko (Millstone Township, N.J.) and classmate Gabby Saade (West Windsor, N.J.) both scored for the Ducks, who got a pair of saves from Lindsey Mahnken (Bayville, N.J.).

Following a scoreless first half, Stevens went in front in the 47th minute. The Green and White was unable to clear the ball out of the box following a corner kick and Panko stuffed home the rebound of a shot by junior Olivia Butera (Havertown, Pa.) following a scramble in front of the goal for a 1-0 lead.

Gierschick, who had a number of routine saves among her 12 in the first half, kept Babson in the game with a pair of terrific stops early in the second period. She laid out to deny Saade's attempt in the 55th minute and then came off her line to punch away another shot from inside of 10 yards by Saade in the 60th minute.

The Beavers were rewarded for their defensive efforts when Penta notched the equalizer in the 79th minute against the run of play. Dunn headed a loose ball from the edge of the six-yard box over the head of Mahnken and towards the back post for Penta, who headed it home for her fifth career marker.

Babson had the best chance of the first overtime period following a corner kick when Maggie McCabe's (Weston, Mass.) volley with her back to goal went just wide from the center of the box. The Ducks dominated much of the possession in the second overtime and finally broke through for the game winner on Saade's volley from the top of the box in the 107th minute.

Stevens finished with a 46-13 edge in shots, although nine were blocked and many others were well off target. The Ducks also held an 8-6 advantage in corner kicks.

Both teams return to action on Sunday as Babson takes on Swarthmore at 12:30 p.m., while Stevens faces NYU at 3:30 p.m.

• Saturday's match was the first all-time between Babson and Stevens.
• Gierschick's 17 saves are the most since Katie McMackin stopped 18 shots in a 1-1 2OT draw against Wellesley in a NEWMAC Tournament quarterfinal on October 24, 2001. Prior to Saturday, no Babson goalkeeper had made more than 13 saves since 2002.
• The Beavers are now 1-3-8 in overtime games going back to the start of the 2015 campaign.