BABSON PARK, Mass.—First-year Emma Maley (Lansdale, Pa.) scored in the 53rd minute to lift visiting Union College to a 1-0 win over Babson College in non-conference women's soccer action on Wednesday afternoon at Hartwell-Rogers Field.
Babson, which has dropped three straight matches, slips to 4-6-1 overall, while Union improves to 6-4-0 on the year with its second consecutive win.
First-year goalkeeper Morgan Fedosiewich (Ottawa, Ontario) finished with eight saves in a losing effort for the Beavers. Her counterpart, Dutchwomen junior Alison Sorkenn (River Edge, N.J.), stopped nine saves to earn the victory.
The first half ended without a goal despite a wide-open first 20 minutes that featured quality scoring chances for both sides. Babson senior Maya King (Auburndale, Mass.) was perfectly positioned on the back post to clear Union sophomore Emma Schleimer's (Melville, N.Y.) header off the line 55 seconds into the match, and Fedosiewich made a diving stop on Schleimer's driving header that was aimed inside the right post in the 13th minute.
Sorkenn came off her line to push away sophomore Kate Ryan's (Winchester, Mass.) shot from the right side of the box on the counter attack in the 16th minute, and the Dutchwomen defense retreated to block first-year Maria Colon Figueroa's (Needham, Mass.) rebound attempt seconds later.
Union jumped in front less than eight minutes into the second half on Maley's second goal of the season. Sophomore Bella Dworkin's (Manchester, Vt.) service skipped off the head of a defender to classmate Fiona Zimmerman (Niskayuna, N.Y.) on the right side of the box. Fedosiewich made a diving stop to deny her shot, but Maley was all alone at the penalty spot to walk in the rebound.
Sorkenn came off her line to smother Beavers' sophomore Deanna Ruggiero's (Peabody, Mass.) shot at the right post in the 83rd minute, and followed it up with a spectacular effort to push Ryan's blast from the top of the box over the crossbar to preserve Union's lead with less than two minutes to play.
The Dutchwomen finished with a slim 18-17 edge in shots and an 11-5 advantage in corner kicks.
Both teams return to action on Saturday at 2 p.m. as Babson hosts Coast Guard, while Union takes on Bard.
• Wednesday's match was the first all-time between Babson and Union.
• The loss to the Dutchwomen snapped the Beavers' four-game home winning streak, which dated back to September 7.
• Wednesday's setback was the third this season for Babson by a 1-0 score line.