-Score: No. 3 Babson College 3, No. 6 Clark University 0
-Records: Clark University (9-7-2, NEWMAC 4-4-2), Babson College (9-7-3, NEWMAC 5-2-3)
-Location: Babson Park, Mass. (Hartwell-Rogers Field)
-The Lead: Babson senior Victoria Penta (Belmont, Mass.) finished with a goal and an assist as the third-seeded Babson College women's soccer team defeated sixth-seeded Clark University, 3-0, in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament quarterfinal on Tuesday afternoon at Hartwell-Rogers Field. The Cougars wrap up their season with a 9-7-2 overall record and 4-4-2 record in the conference.
HOW IT HAPPENED
-The Green and White, which was forced to defend for much of the first half, went in front on a tally from Maggie McCabe (Weston, Mass.) in the 37th minute. After gathering the ball just shy of midfield, she dribbled to the top of the box and ripped a shot that deflected off the underside of the crossbar and in for her fourth goal of the year.
-The Beavers extended their lead to 2-0 early in the second half when junior Katherine Cullen (Newton, Mass.) ran onto a long pass from Penta and slotted a low shot past the outstretched hands of Clark goalkeeper, Julianna Christy (Plainville, Conn.) and inside the right post for a her fourth marker of the season. Penta tacked on an insurance goal in the 70th minute when she settled a feed from junior Kathryn Clark (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) and buried her finish inside the left post.
-Despite being blanked, Clark had quality scoring chances in both halves. First-year Deanna D'Innocenzo (Medway, Mass.) had her bid from 30 yards tipped away by Gierschick for a corner in the 10th minute. Sophomore Katie Barber (East Hampton, Conn.) sent a loose ball over the crossbar from the edge of the six-yard box in the 58th minute, while senior Emma Deneault (Holden, Mass.) hit the post from the right side of the box in the 76th minute.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
-Junior Maddison Gierschick (Hopkinton, Mass.) recorded her fifth clean sheet of the season with two saves for Babson and improves her record to 9-7-3.
-Christy turned away three shots for the Cougars.
- The Cougars finished with an 11-9 edge in shots and a 2-1 advantage in corner kicks.
-Babson returns to action on Saturday when it meets second-seeded Wheaton in the second of two semifinal matches on the campus of MIT beginning at 1:30 p.m.