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Game Preview: Women's Soccer at RV/No. 22 MIT

Game Preview: Women's Soccer at RV/No. 22 MIT

Women's Soccer at RV/No. 22 MIT
Tuesday, October 16 | 4 p.m.
Roberts Field at Steinbrenner Stadium| Cambridge, Mass.

THE SERIES
• Babson and MIT will meet for the 41st time on Tuesday in a series that dates back to 1985. The Beavers are 24-9-7 all-time against the Engineers but are looking for their first win in the series since 2010.

LAST MEETING
• Senior Hailey Nichols scored 2:51 into the second overtime to help then-No. 9/13 MIT pull out a 2-1 victory over Babson on October 17, 2017, at Hartwell-Rogers Field.
• Senior Emma Dineen had a goal and classmate Maddison Gierschick made six saves for the Beavers. Junior Olivia Struckman scored and Julia Goupil chipped in with an assist for the Engineers, who got a pair of saves from senior goalkeeper Lily Mueller.

LAST BABSON WIN
• Kristy Benoit '11 scored the only goal of the match in the fourth minute and Lisa Wojnar '12 earned the shutout with seven saves as the Beavers defeated MIT, 1-0, in its regular season finale on October 30, 2010, in Babson Park.

SCOUTING THE ENGINEERS
• RV United Soccer Coaches/No. 22 D3soccer.com MIT (11-2-2, 6-0 NEWMAC) is looking to extend its winning streak to three games after beating Coast Guard, 4-0, on Saturday.
• Senior Amy Apostol, junior Chessa Hoekstra and first-years Karenna Groff and Jessica Sonner all scored for the Engineers, who got six saves from Mueller.
• Junior Sophia Struckman (12-0-24) is leading the league in goals and points, Groff (7-8-20) is sixth in the conference in scoring, and junior Montana Reilly (6-7-19) is third in the NEWMAC in assists.
• Mueller has started all 15 games in net for the Engineers and is fourth in the league posting a 0.95 goals against average to go along with a .755 save percentage and four shutouts.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Babson (5-7-2, 2-4 NEWMAC) is looking for redemption after falling 2-1 against Smith on Saturday at MacDowell Field.
• Senior Jessica Fernandes had a goal and classmate Elizabeth Mycock stopped five shots in her season debut for the Beavers.
• Dineen (6-4-16) and Fernandes (6-3-15) lead the team in goals and rank 10th and 11th, respectively, in the league in scoring, while junior Maggie McCabe (2-4-8) is tied for the team lead in assists.
• One of three goalkeepers to start this fall, first-year Kayla Salmon has appeared in eight games posting a 1.95 goals against average and a .698 a save percentage.

CRACKING THE LINEUP
• After missing all of the 2017 campaign and the first 13 matches of this season, Mycock made her first appearance in goal since October 15, 2016, on Saturday against Smith.
• First-year Morgan Headrick made the first start of her career in Saturday's loss to the Pioneers.

CONFERENCE RESET
• Entering the final two weeks of the regular season, the Beavers have taken just six points from their first five matches and are currently three points out of the seventh and final playoff spot.
• Going back to 2013 when the NEWMAC expanded to a 10-game schedule, only once has a team failed to qualify for the conference tournament with 12 or more points.

PROVIDING THE SCORING PUNCH
• Since returning to the lineup on September 29 after missing five contests due to injury, Fernandes has produced four goals and one assist and has registered at least a point in four of five matches.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• The Beavers are 4-0-0 this season and 29-0-2 dating back to September 24, 2013, when leading at halftime.

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