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Game Preview: Women's Soccer vs. WPI

Game Preview: Women's Soccer vs. WPI

Women's Soccer vs. WPI
Tuesday, October 2 | 4 p.m.
Hartwell-Rogers Field | Babson Park, Mass.

THE SERIES
• Babson and WPI will meet for the 25th time on Tuesday in a NEWMAC series that dates back to 1995. The Beavers are 13-8-3 all-time against the Engineers and have gone to double overtime in each of the last three matches.

LAST MEETING
• Visiting Babson College and WPI traded goals over the final seven minutes of regulation and played to a 1-1 double-overtime draw on October 3, 2017 at Alumni Stadium in Worcester.
• Senior Jessica Fernandes had a goal and junior Maggie McCabe added an assist for the Beavers, who got nine saves from senior goalkeeper Maddison Gierschick.
• Karina Larson scored with 1:01 left in regulation for the Engineers, who got seven saves from senior goalkeeper Gabriela Hoops.

LAST BABSON WIN
• Olivia Kerester '17 scored on a breakaway 1:46 into the second overtime to lift the Beavers to a 1-0 win over visiting WPI on September 27, 2016, at Hartwell-Rogers Field.

LAST WPI WIN
• Janine Fatal scored 9:16 into overtime as the Engineers slipped past Babson, 2-1, on October 1, 2013, in Worcester. Mike Cucullo '14 tied the game in the 60th minute for the Beavers, who trailed 1-0 at halftime.

SCOUTING THE ENGINEERS
• WPI (7-4-0, 1-2-0 NEWMAC) defeated Smith, 2-0, for its second straight victory on Saturday at Alumni Stadium.
• Sophomore Sofia Orrico scored both goals for the Engineers, who got three saves from Hoops.
• Junior Kristen McCrea (6-5-17) is second in the league in points, sophomore Leah Beauton (8-0-16) leads the NEWMAC in goals, and junior Becca Hapgood (4-3-11) and Orrico (4-2-10) have combined for eight goals and five assists.
• Hoops has started all 11 games in net for the Engineers posting a 1.18 goals against average to go along with a .788 save percentage and three shutouts.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Babson (4-4-2, 1-1-0 NEWMAC) is looking to keep the momentum after a 4-3 win over Wheaton on Saturday at Hartwell-Rogers field.
• Senior Emma Dineen scored in the 85th minute and assisted on two other goals, while Fernandes and junior Oliva West added one score apiece for the Beavers, who led 3-1 at halftime.
• Dineen (5-3-13) is tied for seventh in the conference in points, Fernandes (3-2-8) and first-year Katherine Ryan (3-0-6) have combined for six goals, and McCabe (1-3-5) leads the squad in assists.
• Gierschick has posted a 0.81 goals against average and a .789 save percentage to go along with a pair of shutouts in five starts, while first-year Kayla Salmon has started the last five games posting a 1.72 goals against average and a .735 save percentage.

MOVING UP THE CHARTS
• With her first-half goal on Saturday, Fernandes pulled even with Babson assistant coach Jessica DiPhilippo '15 for 10th place in program history with 22 career tallies.

PROVIDING THE POINTS
• Fernandes has scored in two of three career matches against WPI, while McCabe has assisted on each of Babson's goals in the last two matchups between the sides.

PICKING UP WIN NO. 1
• Salmon, who was thrust into the starting goalkeeper role against Brandeis back on September 15, recorded her first career win on Saturday. She is averaging 5.0 saves per outing, which includes a season-high nine stops in last Tuesday's 1-1 2OT draw with Endicott.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• The Beavers are 8-1-3 over their last 12 games in the month of October going back to 2016.

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