BABSON PARK, Mass.—Senior Victoria Penta (Belmont, Mass.) finished with a goal and an assist as the third-seeded Babson College women's soccer team defeated sixth-seeded Clark University, 3-0, in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament quarterfinal on Tuesday afternoon at Hartwell-Rogers Field.
Babson, which is unbeaten in four straight games, improves to 9-7-3 overall, and will return to the conference semifinals for the fifth time in six seasons. Clark, which was making its first NEWMAC Tournament appearance since 2012, drops to 9-7-2 on the year.
Junior Katherine Cullen (Newton, Mass.) and sophomore Maggie McCabe (Weston, Mass.) each scored once, while senior Meghan Lee (Stow, Mass.) and junior Kathryn Clark (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) both chipped in with an assist for the Beavers. Classmate Maddison Gierschick (Hopkinton, Mass.) recorded her fifth clean sheet of the season with two saves.
Sophomore goalkeeper Julianna Christy (Plainville, Conn.) turned away three shots for the Cougars.
The Green and White, which was forced to defend for much of the first half, went in front on McCabe's tally in the 37th minute. After gathering the ball just shy of midfield, she dribbled to the top of the box and ripped a shot that deflected off the underside of the crossbar and in for her fourth goal of the year.
The Beavers extended their lead to 2-0 early in the second half when Cullen ran onto a long pass from Penta and slotted a low shot past the outstretched hands of Christy and inside the right post for a her fourth marker of the season. Penta tacked on an insurance goal in the 70th minute when she settled a feed from Clark and buried her finish inside the left post.
Despite being blanked, Clark had quality scoring chances in both halves. First-year Deanna D'Innocenzo (Medway, Mass.) had her bid from 30 yards tipped away by Gierschick for a corner in the 10th minute. Sophomore Katie Barber (East Hampton, Conn.) sent a loose ball over the crossbar from the edge of the six-yard box in the 58th minute, while senior Emma Deneault (Holden, Mass.) hit the post from the right side of the box in the 76th minute.
The Cougars finished with an 11-9 edge in shots and a 2-1 advantage in corner kicks.
Babson returns to action on Saturday when it meets second-seeded Wheaton in the second of two semifinal matches on the campus of MIT beginning at 1:30 p.m.
• The Beavers are 17-10-4 all-time against Clark and have advanced past the Cougars in five of seven postseason meetings.
• Babson is 4-0-0 this season and has won 65 straight games when scoring at least three goals going back to 2002.
• The Green and White finishes the year with a 6-2-1 mark at Hartwell-Rogers Field.
• Babson is now unbeaten in 34 straight NEWMAC matches (31-0-3) when scoring two or more goals, a streak that extends back to 2012.