Beavers Become First Seventh Seed to Advance to NEWMAC Semifinals Since 2007 with Win Over Bears
NEW LONDON, Conn.—Sophomore Katie Korzec (Whitman, Mass.) scored twice to help seventh-seeded Babson College defeat second-seeded Coast Guard Academy, 2-1, in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's soccer quarterfinal on Tuesday night at Nitchman Field.
Babson, which has won three straight games and is unbeaten over its last four matches, improves to 9-8-2 overall, while Coast Guard closes its season at 8-10-2.
Senior Abby McGuire (Severna Park, Md.) scored the Bears, who saw first-year goalkeeper Sarah Schollenberger (Woodbury, N.J.) make six saves in the loss.
Babson first-year Caitlin Trott (North Hampton, N.H.) ran onto a long ball and forced a diving save from Schollenberger in the 12th minute before Korzec put the visitors in front less than 10 minutes from halftime. Ryan won a battle for possession of the ball at the top of the box and was able to poke it through traffic towards Korzec, who blasted a 12-yard shot past Schollenberger for a 1-0 advantage.
The Beavers nearly doubled their lead in the 47th minute when junior Scarlet Broderick's (Middlebury, Conn.) corner kick was cleared off the line by a Coast Guard defender at the back post. The Bears netted the equalizer just over five minutes later when McGuire rose about a defender to head home senior Claire Hurley's (Waterford, Conn.) corner kick for her second goal of the year.
Babson took the lead for good in the 71st minute though, as Korzec struck for her third goal of the season. Schollenberger stopped Ryan's shot from the right side of the box at the near post, but the ball squirted away allowing Korzec to touch home the rebound from the edge of the six-yard box for a 2-1 edge.
Fedosiewich handled a header by sophomore Brielle Pearce (Jupiter, Fla.) in the 78th minute, and Coast Guard had a goal taken off the board in the 83rd minute following an offside call.
The Beavers finished with a 15-12 advantage in shots, while the Bears held a slim 7-4 edge in corner kicks.
Babson returns to action on Thursday when it travels to third-seeded WPI for a semifinal match at 7 p.m.
• The Beavers are 17-2-2 all-time against Coast Guard and Tuesday's victory was the second this season for the Green and White over the Bears.
• Babson is the first No. 7 seed to advance to the NEWMAC semifinals since 2007 when Wellesley ousted Springfield on penalty kicks.
• The Beavers are now 13-12-4 all-time in the conference tournament quarterfinals, and have advanced to the semifinals in six of the last nine years.
• Babson is 9-0-1 this season when scoring the first goal of the match.