BABSON PARK, Mass.—Junior Kathryn Clark (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) scored twice in the first half and assisted on another goal as Babson College defeated visiting UMass Boston, 3-0, in non-conference women's soccer action on Wednesday afternoon at Hartwell-Rogers Field.
With the win, Babson improves to 2-3-0 on the year, while UMass Boston falls to 0-4-0 overall.
Junior Katherine Cullen (Newton, Mass.) notched the first goal of her career early in the second half, while sophomore Olivia West (Norwell, Mass.) recorded a career-high two assists. Senior Kelsey Ford (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) and junior Jessica Fernandes (Pawtucket, R.I.) also chipped in with an assist apiece, and junior goalkeeper Maddison Gierschick (Hopkinton, Mass.) made eight saves to post her first clean sheet of the season.
Sophomore Gigi Braga (Medford, Mass.), who came on in relief of junior Maranda Caruso (Kingston, Mass.) in the 19th minute, made nine saves while conceding just one goal.
Clark gave the Green and White a 1-0 advantage in the 13th minute when she redirected a shot by West at the edge of the six-yard box for her first marker of the year. She doubled the lead just over six minutes later when she beat Caruso to a thru ball from Ford in the middle of the box and hit a low shot into the open net.
UMass Boston had its best scoring chance of the game in the 26th minute when it was awarded a penalty kick following a foul just inside the top of the box. Unfortunately for the Beacons, junior Jaclyn O'Grady (Somers, Conn.) sailed her attempt over the crossbar.
The Beavers capped the scoring just after halftime when West touched a centering pass from Clark to Cullen, who buried a shot from 10 yards to make it 3-0 in the 51st minute.
The Beacons got superb play from Braga to stay within striking distance. She denied Fernandes from point-blank range on a breakaway in the 25th minute and punched away a long-range attempt by Babson first-year Scarlet Broderick (Middlebury, Conn.) in the 56th minute.
The Beavers finished with a 21-11 edge in shots and attempted both corner kicks in the match.
Both teams return to action on Saturday as Babson hosts Bates at 2:30 p.m., while UMass Boston travels to Keene State for a 1 p.m. start.
• The Beavers are now 3-0-1 all-time against the Beacons and have not conceded a goal in any of the four matches.
• The Green and White is unbeaten in its last 12 games (10-0-2) when scoring first.
• Babson is now 18-6-4 going back to the start of the 2015 season at Hartwell-Rogers Field.