BOSTON, Mass. – Despite a late second half rally from the Beacons, Babson College managed to hang on in the closing minutes as they slipped past women's soccer by the final of 2-1 Tuesday evening at James Cotter Field.
UMass Boston 1, Babson College 2
UMass Boston (2-3-0)
Babson College (3-1-1)
HOW IT HAPPENED
After trailing by two goals for most of the second half, the Beacons offense came alive in a huge way thanks to a Jaclyn O'Grady (Somers, Conn.) goal which cut the deficit to one. The senior back cracked a 40-yard free kick goal with just over 10 minutes remaining in regulation.
UMB would continue to pressure their crosstown rival, throughout the closing minutes with multiple chances just missing their marks. The best opportunity for the Beacons came with only four seconds left in regulation, when Shannon Rosemond (Weymouth, Mass.) unloaded a shot from just outside the goal box that slipped through the hands of the goalkeeper. The ball then hit directly off the post and bounced out allowing the Beavers to escape with the victory.
Also playing a huge part in the Beacons late resurgence came when Babson's goalkeeper Maddison Gierschick had to leave the game after colliding with a Beacons forward. An untested field player turn goalkeeper in Katelyn Korzec had to step in and take over for her teammate. Korzec was tested immediately by the Beacons but managed to get by thanks to some solid defensive plays by her teammates.
O'Grady's unbelievable goal came following a Beavers foul. The senior initially looked to make a long arching pass to her teammates who were standing in the goal box. However, when she saw that Korzec was off her line, O'Grady went directly at goal. The ball floated in completely untouched sending the Beacons into a frenzy as they celebrated the huge score.
Babson got on the board early in the first half thanks to a Katherine Ryan goal. Jessica DeLuca played a long pass into the Beacons goal box, which allowed Ryan to get behind her defender. She then tapped the ball into the far post to give her team the early advantage. The score remained 1-0 for the rest of the first half despite a pair of late chances by the Beacons. After the break, the Beacons looked to pull-off another come-from-behind victory in the second, but quickly found themselves trailing by two goals.
Emma Dineen ripped a blast from about 20 yards out that hit the far back post. Julia Janikies played the ball to her teammate and with no one defending her tightly, Dineen was able to get all of her shot behind the ball to score what would become the game-winner.
The Beacons nearly got on the scoreboard less than two minutes in when Grace McGettrick (Marshfield, Mass.) fired a shot off the crossbar, as part of frenetic start.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMB held a 10-2 advantage in corner kicks and a 22-15 advantage in total shots
- The Beacons recorded eight corner kicks in the second half, while the Beavers did not register a corner kick
- Abby McCulloch was handed the loss but made six stops in her first home match of her career
- The Beacons goal marked the first-ever against Babson in a total of five meetings between the programs
- Gierschick improved to 3-1-1 on the year and made two saves before coming out of the game in the 62nd minute
The Beacons will travel to Wentworth Institute of Technology on Saturday for a 12 p.m. non-conference match.