WORCESTER, Mass.—WPI senior Kristen McCrea (Weymouth, Mass.) scored in the ninth minute and WPI used a stout defense effort to defeat visiting Babson College, 1-0, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's soccer action on Wednesday afternoon at Alumni Stadium.
Babson, which is winless over its last three matches, slips to 4-4-1 overall and 0-1-1 in league play, while WPI improves to 9-2-0 overall and 2-1-0 in the NEWMAC.
First-year goalkeeper Morgan Fedosiewich (Ottawa, Ontario) finished with seven saves for the Beavers, who outshot 17-7 in the match. Sophomore Sydney McLaughlin (Sherborn, Mass.) recorded Babson's lone shot on target in the 50th minute.
Senior Mandy St. Germain (Upton, Mass.) kept her fifth clean sheet of the season for the Engineers.
McCrea put the hosts in front just 8:15 into the match when she collected a feed from sophomore Elizabeth Rocco (Fresh Meadows, N.Y.) and took a touch around a defender before drilling a shot inside the left post for a 10th goal of the season. WPI nearly doubled its advantage in the 11th minute following a Babson defensive miscue, but Fedosiewich punched junior Leah Beauton's (Colchester, Conn.) blast over the over the crossbar.
McCrea sent a shot from close range just over the bar 56 seconds into the second half, and the Beavers countered with their best offensive push of the contest. In addition to McLaughlin's work attacking down the right side, senior Maggie McCabe (Weston, Mass.) had her shot from the top of the box blocked out of danger in the 62nd minute. She took the ensuing corner kick, which bounced inside the six-yard box before rolling out of danger.
Both teams return to action on Saturday as Babson wraps up a four-game road trip with a 1 p.m. kickoff at Wheaton, while WPI visits Smith at 12 p.m.
• The Beavers are now 13-10-3 all-time against WPI and have dropped two straight games in the series.
• Seven of Babson's last eight losses against NEWMAC foes have come by a single goal.
• The Beavers have been held off the scoreboard in three straight games for the first time since October 2013.