Beavers 13-Game Unbeaten Streak Against Bears Comes to an End
NEW LONDON, Conn.—Babson College senior Jessica Fernandes (Pawtucket, R.I.) finished with two goals, but the Coast Guard Academy scored three times in the second half to edge the Beavers, 4-3, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's soccer action on Saturday afternoon at Nitchmann Field.
Babson, which has dropped two straight games, falls to 4-6-2 overall and 1-3-0 in league play, while Coast Guard improves to 6-4-1 overall and 3-1-1 in the NEWMAC.
Senior Emma Dineen (Hinsdale, Ill.) contributed a goal and an assist, while junior Maya King (Auburndale, Mass.) and first-year Alexis Fortune (Sheffield, Mass.) each recorded an assist for the Beavers. Rookie goalkeeper Kayla Salmon (Arlington, Va.) made two saves in the loss.
Junior Claire Hurley (Waterford, Conn.), sophomores Kylee Ballard (Egg Harbor Township, N.J.) and Felicia Lombardi (Malden, Mass.), and first-year Brielle Pearce (Jupiter, Fla.) all scored for the Bears, who got nine saves from first-year Katharina Commins (Altoona, Iowa) in the victory.
Hurley put the hosts on top 1-0 in the 30th minute with a blast from the top of the box, and nearly doubled the advantage seven minutes later when she hit the post. Fernandes equalized 45 seconds from halftime and then gave Babson the lead by converting a feed from Dineen in the 48th minute.
Pearce pulled Coast Guard level just over seven minutes later and then set up Lombardi's goal from the right side of the box in the 72nd minute to put the Bears back in front for good. Ballard added an insurance tally in the 78th minute with a blast to the upper right corner to make it 4-2.
Dineen cut the Beavers' deficit in half in the 80th minute, and Fernandes nearly tied the match in the 83rd minute only to see her shot from the top of the box hit off the crossbar and bounce out of danger. Commins also saved a header by junior Maggie McCabe (Weston, Mass.) in the 87th minute to protect the one-goal margin.
The Green and White outshot the Bears 16-13 and both teams attempted a pair of corner kicks.
Both squads return to action on Tuesday as Babson hosts Springfield at 6 p.m., while Coast Guard travels to Smith at 4 p.m.
• The Beavers are now 15-2-2 all-time against Coast Guard, but saw their 13-game unbeaten streak in the series come to an end.
• Saturday's loss snapped Babson's 68-game winning streak when scoring three goals, a run that dated back to the end of the 2002 season.
• With two markers on Saturday, Fernandes now ranks 10th in program history with 24 goals and 11 assists for 59 points.
• Prior to Saturday, the Green and White had not conceded a goal to Coast Guard since 2010.