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Second-Half Surge Carries Women's Soccer Past Emerson, 3-1

Second-Half Surge Carries Women's Soccer Past Emerson, 3-1

BOSTON—Senior Olivia Kerester (Chappaqua, N.Y.) scored twice, including the go-ahead marker in the 74th minute, as visiting Babson College defeated Emerson College, 3-1, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's soccer action on Tuesday night at Rotch Field.

With the win, Babson is now 8-5-2 overall and 5-3-0 in conference play, while Emerson, which had won four straight matches, slips to 9-7-0 overall and 4-3-0 in the NEWMAC.

Sophomore Emma Dineen (Hinsdale, Ill.) scored once, while senior Taylor Goldsborough (Williston, Vt.) and sophomore Jessica Fernandes (Pawtucket, R.I.) both added two assists apiece for the Beavers. Classmate Maddison Gierschick (Hopkinton, Mass.) finished with a career-high nine saves in the win.

First-year Veronica Alberts (Half Moon Bay, Calif.) scored in the second half for the Lions, who got one save from senior goalkeeper Melanie Escobar (Torrington, Conn.).

The Green and White, which got outshot 7-1 in the opening 45 minutes, took a 1-0 lead on Kerester's first goal of the night in the 58th minute. After receiving a thru ball from Fernandes, she took a touch around Escobar, who came charging off her line, and drilled a shot into the open net for her fourth marker of the year.

Emerson leveled the match on Alberts' first goal of the year in the 72nd minute, but the Beavers went back in front less than two minutes later on Kerester's second tally of the contest. Goldsborough played a low ball into the box that bounced through traffic for Kerester, who redirected it past Escobar from inside the penalty spot for a 2-1 lead.

Babson put the game away in the in the 84th minute on Dineen's second goal of the year. Goldsborough collected a pass from Kerester in the midfield and played it down the left flank for Dineen, who took a touch in the box before ripping a shot inside the far post to make it 3-1.

The Lions finished with a 14-7 edge in shots and a 5-2 advantage in corner kicks.

Both teams return to action on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. as Babson hosts MIT, while Emerson travels to Coast Guard.

GAME NOTES
•    The Beavers are now 4-0-0 all-time against Emerson.
•    Babson's three-goal outburst matches its highest total of the season, previously set in a 3-0 win over Lesley on September 10.
•    The Green and White is 10-2-4 in its last 16 regular season NEWMAC road matches.
•    The Beavers improve to 7-1-5 following a loss dating back to the 2013 season.

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