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Game Preview: Women's Soccer vs. Smith

Game Preview: Women's Soccer vs. Smith

Women's Soccer vs. Smith
Saturday, October 13 | 2:30 p.m.
MacDowell Field | Babson Park, Mass.

THE SERIES
• Babson and Smith will meet for the 47th time on Saturday in a series that dates back to 1982. The Beavers are 23-18-3 all-time against the Pioneers and are unbeaten in 13 straight matchups (11-0-2) in the series since 2006.

LAST MEETING
• Babson scored a pair of first-half goals and senior goalkeeper Maddison Gierschick made it stand up with four saves as the Beavers defeated Smith, 2-1, on October 14th, 2017, in Northampton, Mass.
• Colleen Beggan '18 and senior Jessica Fernandes both had goals for the Beavers, who also got an assist from sophomore Scarlet Broderick. Sophomore Kelly McCarthy scored for the Pioneers, who got six saves from goalkeeper Shelby Hall.

LAST SMITH WIN
• Monroe Peterson scored in the 99th minute to give the Pioneers a 1-0 win over the Beavers in a NEWMAC Tournament quarterfinal on October 29, 2005, in Babson Park.

SCOUTING THE PIONEERS
• Smith (6-8-0, 1-5-0 NEWMAC) is looking for redemption after falling 1-0 to Coast Guard for its fourth straight loss on Tuesday.
• Sophomore Peyton McBride totaled three shots on goal for the Pioneers, while rookie goalkeeper Naomi Falkenberg made eight saves in the loss.
• McBride (4-4-12) and first-year Zufan Bazzano (6-0-12) are tied for the team lead in points, while Bazzano is tied for eighth in the league in goals. Junior Reilly Sullivan (2-3-7) is second on the team in assists.
• Falkenberg has started all 14 games in net for the Pioneers posting a 1.60 goals against average, a .779 save percentage and three shutouts.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Babson (5-6-2, 2-3-0 NEWMAC) is looking to continue its momentum following a 2-1 victory over Springfield on Tuesday night.
• First-year Katelyn Korzec scored twice over the final ten minutes of regulation to help the Beavers erase a 1-0 deficit and snap a two-game losing streak.
• Senior Emma Dineen (6-4-16) is tied for eighth in the league in scoring, Fernandes (5-2-12) is second on the team in goals, and junior Maggie McCabe (2-4-8) has produced a point in four of the last five games.
• First-year goalkeeper Kayla Salmon has started the last eight games posting a 1.95 goals against average and a .698 save percentage.

BABSON ENTERS STRETCH RUN IN CONFRENCE PLAY
• With all 11 programs having played at least five matches entering Saturday, the Beavers sit in a tie for seventh place having taken six points from their first five outings.
• The seven teams between fifth and 10th place are currently separated by just six points.

HONORING EVAN
• The Green and White will host its sixth annual EvvGirl Pink Game on Saturday in honor of Evan Bard, sister of 2016 alumna Leisl Bard. Evan, whose favorite color was pink, lost her life in a drunk driving car crash in May 2013. Evan was a nursing student and cheerleader at Curry College, where she was studying to become a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) nurse. To honor Evan's memory, the EvvGirl Foundation is funding the NICU Webcam Project and Seize the Keys Drunk Driving Educational Program.
• The EvvGirl Foundation was formed to generate smiles and happiness by continuing Evan Bard's passions in nursing specifically for NICUs, pediatrics and maternity, as well as in early childhood education and cheerleading. Donations to the EvvGirl Foundation can be made online or at the game.

MARGIN OF ONE
• All five of Babson's NEWMAC matches have been decided by a single goal this season. Going back to last year, the Green and White has had 10 of its last 11 conference fixtures decided by no more than a goal.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• Going back to 2013, the Beavers have own a .695 winning percentage at home (37-14-8).

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