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Women's Soccer Downed by Clark, 4-1

Women's Soccer Downed by Clark, 4-1

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Visiting Clark University scored three times in under 10 minutes late in the first half on its way to defeating Babson College, 4-1, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC women's soccer action on Saturday afternoon at Hartwell-Rogers Field.

Babson, which had its two-game winning streak snapped, falls to 7-5-2 overall and 4-3-0 in conference play, while Clark snapped a three-game skid to improve to 8-5-1 overall and 2-4-0 in the NEWMAC.

Sophomore Jessica Fernandes (Pawtucket, R.I.) scored her fourth goal in the last three games, while classmate Kathryn Clark (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) recorded an assist for the Beavers.

Senior Kara Fischer (Belmont, Mass.) scored twice, while junior Emma Deneault (Holden, Mass.) and first-year Erika Palacios (San Antonio, Texas) each added a goal for the Cougars. First-year Hannah Crook (Darnestown, Md.) recorded her team-leading third assist in the win.

The Green and White dominated the early portion of the game but were unable to get on the board. Senior Marissa Endow (Worcester, Mass.) hit the crossbar in the fifth minute and Fernandes had her shot from the center of the box cleared off the line by Clark sophomore back Rylee Simons (Weston, Fla.) at the 29-minute mark.

The Cougars took advantage of their good fortune less than a minute later when Fischer notched the first of her two markers. Babson sophomore goalkeeper Maddison Gierschick (Hopkinton, Mass.) came out to play the ball at the top of the box, but it deflected off a defender right to Fischer, who chipped a shot into the open net for a 1-0 lead.

Denault picked up her second goal of the year she drilled home the rebound of a Crook free kick that Gierschick punched off the crossbar in the 35th minute for a 2-0 advantage. Crook was also involved in Clark's third goal in the 40th minute as Fischer headed home her corner kick to give the visitors a 3-0 lead at the break.

Babson pulled one back when Fernandes converted a feed from Clark for her team-leading seventh tally of the year in the 73rd minute. The Cougars responded though, as Palacios beat a pair of defenders before calmly burying a shot from the center of the box to make it 4-1 in the 84th minute.

Gierschick made three saves in 45 minutes of action for the Green and White, while Clark first-year goalkeeper Julianna Christy (Plainville, Conn.) turned away five shots in the win.

The Beavers finished with a 15-8 edge in shots and attempted four of the game's five corner kicks.

Both teams return to action on Tuesday as Babson travels to Emerson at 6 p.m., while the Cougars visit Wellesley at 4 p.m.

•    The Beavers are 16-10-3 all-time against Clark.
•    Babson had not allowed four goals in a game since 2013 and conceded four goals to the Cougars for the first time since 1999.
•    Eight of Fernandes' 16 career goals have come against NEWMAC opponents.