BABSON PARK, Mass.—Senior Emma Dineen (Hinsdale, Ill.) scored the go-ahead goal in the 85th minute to help Babson College defeat visiting Wheaton College, 4-3, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's soccer action on Saturday afternoon at Hartwell-Rogers Field.
With the win, Babson improves to 4-4-2 overall and 1-1-0 in league play, while Wheaton slips to 7-2-1 overall and 0-2-0 in the NEWMAC.
Dineen had a hand in all four goals and officially finished with a goal and two assists for the Beavers. Senior Jessica Fernandes (Pawtucket, R.I.) and junior Olivia West (Norwell, Mass.) both scored, while junior Maggie McCabe (Weston, Mass.) and first-year Maite Gutierrez (Coral Gables, Fla.) each chipped in with an assist. First-year goalkeeper Kayla Salmon (Arlington, Va.) made four saves to earn the first win of her career.
Junior Aymara O'Brien-Pappalardo (Easton, Conn.) and first-years Chloe Troy (Wethersfield, Conn.) and Kenza Farid (Hampton, N.H.) all scored once for the Lyons. O'Brien-Pappalardo and sophomore Kyla Magalhaes (Nagautuck, Conn.) both chipped in with an assist, and junior goalkeeper Alexa Barbagallo (Bridgewater, N.J.) made four saves in the loss.
Dineen's game winner came moments after Wheaton was unable to put away a golden opportunity on a breakaway. After tracking down a long diagonal ball from McCabe on the left edge of the box, Dineen drilled a shot past the charging Barbagallo for her team-leading fifth marker of the season.
Wheaton jumped on top just over three minutes into the contest when Troy snapped a header under the crossbar off a corner kick by Magalhaes for her fifth goal of the year. The Green and White answered back with three goals in the span of 13 minutes midway through the half to build a 3-1 advantage.
West finished a cross from Dineen in the 19th minute for her first marker of the year, and the Beavers took the lead when a Wheaton defender scored an own goal trying to clear a corner kick in the 23rd minute. Fernandes capped the flurry in the 32nd minute when she took a through ball from Dineen and slotted a low shot past Barbagallo, who came charging off her line, to make it a two-goal game.
The Lyons cut their deficit in half on a penalty kick by O'Brien-Pappalardo in the 62nd minute and equalized on Farid's header off a corner kick in the 69th minute. Wheaton nearly went in front at the 83:02 mark but Salmon came off her line to cut off the angle forcing first-year Jaime Rattenni (West Greenwich, R.I.) to push her shot on a breakaway wide.
Wheaton finished with a 15-13 edge in shots and a slim 7-6 advantage in corner kicks.
Both teams are back in action on Tuesday at 4 p.m. as Babson hosts WPI, while Wheaton takes on Wellesley.
• The Beavers are 13-25-9 all-time against Wheaton and have gone 3-2-5 against the Lyons dating back to 2010.
• Babson is 32-0-3 in its last 35 NEWMAC games when scoring at least two goals, a streak that dates back to 2012.
• The Green and White has also won 68 straight matches dating back to 2002 when it scores at least three goals.
• The seven combined goals scored on Saturday are the most in a Babson game since the Beavers defeated Coast Guard 8-0 back in 2009.