CAMBRIDGE, Mass.— Senior Kim Quiles (Poughkeepsie, N.Y) netted two second half goals to lift fourth-seeded Springfield College to a 2-0 win over third-seeded Babson College in a New England and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's soccer tournament quarterfinal on Saturday morning at Steinbrenner Stadium.
Babson sees its season come to an end at 9-8-3, while Springfield improves to 14-5-1 on the year.
The first half was scoreless with Springfield leading in shots, 9-2.
Springfield got on board seven minutes into the second half when Quiles took a feed from junior Rachel Feliu (Elkridge MD.) at the top of the box and launched a shot into the upper corner for what would ultimately be the game winning goal. Quiles found the net again in the 65th minute of play, this time off a through ball from sophomore Sydney Wine (New Braintree, Mass.), to double the lead.
Beavers' Junior goalkeeper Maddison Gierschick (Hopkinton, Mass.) recorded 11 saves on the afternoon, including two huge stops in the first half to keep the Pride off the board. Senior Ciara Boucher (Manchester, Conn.) only had to make two saves in her eighth shutout of the season.
The Beavers trailed the Pride in both shots (21-9) and corner kicks (4-1) on the day.
Wheaton will take on first-seeded MIT in the NEWMAC Tournament final on Sunday at Steinbrenner Stadium
• The Beavers are 6-17-4 all-time against the Pride.
• Saturday's loss dropped Babson to 3-4-3 in the NEWMAC semfinals since 1998.
• Gierschick's 134 saves this season are the most by a Babson goalkeeper since 2001 and are the 11th highest total in single-season program history.
• The 44 victories by the Beavers' senior class of Colleen Beggan (Medfield, Mass.), Kelsey Ford (Rockville Centre, N.Y.), Meghan Lee (Stow, Mass.) and Victoria Penta (Belmont, Mass.) are the fourth highest total by any class dating back to 1998.