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Women's Soccer Tops WPI, 1-0, on Kerester's OT Game Winner

Women's Soccer Tops WPI, 1-0, on Kerester's OT Game Winner

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Babson College senior Olivia Kerester (Chappaqua, N.Y.) scored on a breakaway 1:46 into the second overtime to lift the Beavers to a 1-0 win over visiting WPI in NEWMAC women's soccer action on Tuesday afternoon at Hartwell-Rogers Field.

With the victory, Babson is now 5-2-2 overall and in first place in the NEWMAC at 3-0-0. WPI, which had its four-game unbeaten streak snapped and is ranked seventh in the latest NSCAA New England coaches poll, falls to 7-2-1 overall and 2-1-0 in league play.

Kerster, who hit the post late in the first extra session took a long thru ball from first-year Maggie McCabe (Weston, Mass.) and touched it past a defender before slotting a shot past Engineers' sophomore goalkeeper Gabi Hoops (Stonington, Conn.) for her second game-winning tally in as many matches. Junior Victoria Penta (Belmont, Mass.) also picked up an assist on the play after collecting a throw in on the right sideline and finding McCabe at midfield.

The first overtime nearly saw WPI emerge victorious as just moments before Kerester hit the post, Babson goalie Maddison Gierschick (Hopkinton, Mass.) punched a Kristen McCrea (Weymouth, Mass.) shot from the top of the box over the bar.

After a first half that the visiting Engineers attempt seven of the eight shots, the best opportunities to score came in the second stanza.  McCrea, who logged a game-best six shots in the match, had a good look top of the box in the 46th minute.  A wild sequence occurred midway through the second half in the 64th minute when Sophie Gomarlo (Swanzey, N.H.) had a shot deflect off two Babson defenders following a corner in the 64th and Lynn Renner's (Aberdeen, S.D.) initial rebound was blocked before Jane Bingel's (Wrentham, Mass.) bid sailed high.

Gierschick finished with a season-high six saves for the Beavers, while Hoops conceded just her fifth goal of the year and did not record a stop in the loss for WPI.

The Engineers owned a 20-7 edge in shots and a 4-3 advantage in corner kicks.

Both teams return to action on Saturday as Babson hosts Springfield at 1 p.m., while WPI travels to Emerson for a 4 p.m. start.

•    The Beavers are now 13-8-2 all-time against WPI and have gone 5-1-1 in the last seven matches between the teams.
•    Babson is 11-1-1 all-time against the Engineers at Hartwell-Rogers Field.
•    The Green and White is 8-0-3 over its last 11 NEWMAC games in the month of September.
•    The Beavers have posted three consecutive shutouts to open league play, a stretch 281:46.

Note: Portions of this release courtesy of WPI.