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Springfield Holds Off Women's Soccer, 1-0

Springfield Holds Off Women's Soccer, 1-0

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Junior Mikaela Coady (Middletown, Conn.) scored the only goal of the match in the 31st minute as visiting Springfield College defeated Babson College, 1-0, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's soccer action on Saturday afternoon at rainy Hartwell-Rogers Field.

Babson, which suffered its first conference loss, falls to 5-3-2 overall and 3-1-0 in league play, while Springfield improves to 5-3-1 overall and 1-1-1 in the NEWMAC with its second straight win.

Coady notched her fourth goal following a scramble in the box at the 30:19 mark and junior goalkeeper Ciara Boucher (Manchester, Conn.) made it stand up with five saves, four of which came in the second half. Junior Kim Quiles (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) had her shot from outside the box blocked, but the ball was deflected to Coady, who took a touch to her right and buried her finish inside the left post.

The Beavers' best scoring chances all came after halftime, including three in the final 10 minutes by senior Olivia Kerester (Chappaqua, N.Y.). She missed just wide after taking a thru ball from sophomore Jessica Fernandes (Pawtucket, R.I.) in the 79th minute, while Boucher denied her at the left post in the 82nd minute and easily handled her final shot from the top of the box in the waning seconds.

Babson senior Taylor Goldsborough (Williston, Vt.) had her header denied in the 63rd minute and the Pride avoided disaster in the 84th minute when a failed clearing attempt on a corner kick was cleared out of the goal mouth.

Sophomore Maddison Gierschick (Hopkinton, Mass.) made three of her four saves in the first half for the Beavers.

Springfield finished with an 11-7 edge in shots, while the Green and White attempted six of the game's seven corner kicks.

Both teams are back in action on Tuesday as Babson visits Wellesley at 3:30 p.m., while Springfield hosts Smith at 7 p.m.

•    The Beavers are 5-16-4 all-time against Springfield.
•    Saturday's loss snapped Babson's seven-game unbeaten streak against NEWMAC foes going back to last season.
•    The Beavers are now 0-3 this season when conceding the first goal of the game.
•    Babson is now 4-2-2 at home this season.