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Women's Soccer Edges Babson, 2-1, on Kayla Thibeault's Overtime Goal


SPRINGFIELD, Mass., October 7, 2006 – The Springfield College women’s soccer team defeated Babson College in overtime, 2-1, this morning in a well-played New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) match at SC’s Brock-Affleck Field.

With the win, Springfield’s record is now 7-3 overall and 3-1 in NEWMAC play. SC has now won three of its last four. Babson, meanwhile, falls to 6-3-3 overall, while losing its first NEWMAC contest. In league play, the Beavers are 1-1-2.

In the early going, Babson had the better of play. Springfield sophomore goalkeeper Sue Jenney (Agawam, Mass.) was forced to make two back-to-back saves from point-blank range within the first four minutes. A third Babson shot in that sequence just barely went over the crossbar.

It remained 0-0, however, until 9:31 into the second half. At that point, Babson freshman back Sam Bartman sent a perfect cross to a cutting Meg Lynch, who easily headed it in. Lynch, a junior back from Holden, Mass., beat Jenney to the upper right corner. With only 35:29 left in regulation, Babson was in control, 1-0.

Springfield had its chances in the next 10 minutes. Its best chance came on a two-on-none breakaway, but freshman goalkeeper Sam Scarpato preserved Babson’s lead by making a great save off an attempt by SC sophomore forward Nicole Hanewich (Cumberland, R.I.).

Not long thereafter, for Springfield, freshman forward Maria Evans (Gloucester, Mass.) and junior forward Kristen DiTommaso (Ocean, N.J.) entered the match together for the first time. The fresh legs helped as the two combined for an SC goal at the 71:16 mark. DiTommaso curled one in front of the goalmouth, and Evans blasted it home from about 10 yards out. It was Evans' first career collegiate goal.

The match went to overtime tied at 1-1.

It ended rather quickly. Just 3:32 into the first overtime, Hanewich found herself free towards the right side of the goalmouth. Her shot was blocked in front, but the ball was re-directed to the right foot of sophomore back Kayla Thibeault (Lebanon, Conn.), who knocked it home – giving the Pride the win.

For Springfield, Jenney was credited with five saves, while for Babson, Scarpato was credited with three. Springfield outshot Babson, 13-12.

Up next, Springfield will play at MIT on Tuesday, October 10th at 3:30 p.m. Babson will host Wellesley College on the same day at 4:00 p.m.

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