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Game Preview: Women's Soccer vs. Bates

Game Preview: Women's Soccer vs. Bates

Women's Soccer vs. Bates
Saturday, September 16—2:30 p.m.
Hartwell-Rogers Field—Babson Park, Mass.

THE SERIES
Babson and Bates will meet for the first time since 2009 and the 24th time overall on Saturday in a series that dates back to 1982. The Beavers are 3-19-1 all-time against the Bobcats but are unbeaten in the last three matches between the sides.

LAST MEETING
Sarah Macary '11 made three saves for the Beavers and Annie Burns stopped seven shots for Bates as the teams battled to a 0-0 double-overtime tie on September 19, 2009, in Babson Park.

LAST BABSON WIN
The Green and White got first-half goals from Patty Pytlik '11 and Jackie Graham on its way to defeating Bates, 2-1, on September 25, 2009, in Lewiston, Maine. Julie Brown scored in the 51st minute for the Bobcats.

LAST BATES WIN
Kim Alexander finished with two goals and one assist to lift the Bobcats to a 5-0 win over Babson on September 28, 2006, in Lewiston.

SCOUTING THE BOBCATS
Bates (2-0-0) stayed unbeaten with a 1-0 win over Hamilton in its NESCAC opener last Saturday. Senior captain Sarah McCarthy made 11 saves to record her sixth career shutout and junior Olivia Amdur scored her second goal of the season in the first half for the Bobcats, who got outshot 17-7. Bates returns 14 players from a team that went 5-9-1 and missed the postseason in 2016, led by Amdur and Hannah Behringer, who each scored four goals while combining for eight assists. McCarthy started all 15 contests last fall and posted a 2.09 goals against average to go along with a .728 save percentage and one shutout.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
Babson (2-3-0) returned to the win column on Wednesday with a 3-0 victory over UMass Boston at Hartwell-Rogers Field. Junior Kathryn Clark contributed two goals and classmate Katherine Cullen (notched her first career goal for the Beavers, who also got a career-high two assists from sophomore Olivia West. Clark and sophomore Maggie McCabe lead the Green and White with two goals apiece, senior Victoria Penta has scored once, and five different players have registered an assist on the year. Junior goalkeeper Maddison Gierschick, who posted her first shutout of the year on Wednesday, owns a 2.12 goals against average and a .807 save percentage in five starts.

HOME SWEET HOME
The Beavers have scored five goals in three home games this season and have gone 11-3-2 against non-conference foes at Hartwell-Rogers Field going back to the start of the 2015 campaign.

THREE IS ENOUGH
The Green and White has now won 62 consecutive games when scoring three or more goals since battling to a 3-3 draw against Coast Guard back on October 26, 2002.

PROTECTING THE GOAL
Gierschick ranks 10th in Division III in total saves (46) and enters the weekend making 9.20 saves per game, which is good for 35th nationally.

HITTING THE ROAD
Following Saturday's fixture, Babson will play the first of five straight games away from home on Tuesday at Brandeis.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
The Beavers have won 17 straight games and are unbeaten in 20 consecutive matches when leading at halftime.

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