SPRINGFIELD, Mass.—Junior Emma Dineen (Hinsdale, Ill.) scored once in each half as visiting Babson College defeated Springfield College, 2-1, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's soccer action on Tuesday afternoon at Brock-Affleck Field.
Babson, which is unbeaten in three straight games, improves to 5-6-2 overall and 2-1-2 in conference play. Springfield, which is ranked seventh in the United Soccer Coaches regional poll and receiving votes in the national poll, slips to 10-2-0 overall and 4-2-0 in the NEWMAC.
Juniors Jessica Fernandes (Pawtucket, R.I.) and Kathryn Clark (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) each recorded an assist for the Beavers. Classmate Maddison Gierschick (Hopkinton, Mass.) made four of her six saves over the final 45 minutes to post her fifth win of the year.
Senior Kim Quiles (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) had a goal and sophomore Gabrielle Fernandes (North Smithfield, R.I.) chipped in with an assist for the Pride, which got three saves from senior goalkeeper Ciara Boucher (Manchester, Conn.).
Dineen gave the Green and White the lead less than eight minutes into the contest when she ripped a 30-yard shot into the upper corner. Gierschick kept the Beavers in front with a save on Quiles in the 41st minute, and Dineen struck again just after halftime to double the advantage.
Clark found Fernandes streaking down the right sideline and she hit a centering pass for Dineen, who notched her fifth goal of the season to make it 2-0 in the 54th minute.
Springfield stuck back less than seven minutes later when Quiles converted a corner kick by Fernandes for her team-leading eighth goal of the season to pull within 2-1. It's as close as the Pride would get as Gierschick made four saves over the final 15 minutes of the match to secure Babson's first road victory of the season.
Springfield finished with a 14-10 edge in shots, while the Beavers held a 3-2 advantage in corner kicks.
Babson returns to action on Saturday when it visits Smith at 2 p.m., while the Pride host Ohio Wesleyan on Friday at 7 p.m.
• The Beavers are 6-16-4 all-time against Springfield with the teams have split their last seven meetings (2-2-3).
• Babson has won two straight games at Springfield and is unbeaten over its last four fixtures (2-0-2) at Brock-Affleck Field going back to 2013.
• Dineen, who has scored four times over the last two games, has notched two of her three career game-winning goals against the Pride.
• The Beavers are 4-0-1 this season and unbeaten over their last 24 matches (22-0-2) when leading at halftime since September 24, 2013.