NEW LONDON, Conn. -- An Amy Festa goal in the 65th minute broke a scoreless tie that lifted Babson College over the Bears 1-0. With the loss, Coast Guard falls to 2-9 on the season and 0-5 in NEWMAC play. The Beavers improve to 6-5-1 overall and 3-2 in the conference.
Babson dominated possession of the ball in the first half and outshot Coast Guard 14-3. Despite the consistent pressure, the Bears received great goaltending from junior Devin Fellman who made eight saves in the half.
Coast Guard did have a great scoring chance in the 33rd minute as freshman Madison Ahlers dribbled the ball down the middle of the field into the top of the box. As Beavers keeper Melina Kapotsis came out to challenge, Ahlers released a shot that just sailed over the crossbar.
Babson answered right back just four minutes later as freshman Nikki Beatham got in deep along the right side and crossed a ball into the box which Festa got her head on but the ball clanked off the nearside post.
Rain slowed down play a bit in the second half, but the Beavers still maintained pressure throughout the half and outshot the Bears 11-5. Neither team could capitalize on their chances until Festa scored the game winner, her team-leading sixth. Sophomore Jessica DiPhilippo was credited with the assist on the goal.
Fellman made 14 stops for the Bears while Kapotsis was forced to make four stops for the Beavers.
Both teams return to the pitch for NEWMAC conference action next Saturday, October 13th. Coast Guard will travel to Springfield while Babson will host Smith College.
"I was happy with the effort today," said Bears Head Coach Susan Grant. "Defensively we were solid. Judy Hooymans and Emily Marks really stepped up today and we got some great goaltending from Devin Fellman. We just needed to capitalize on our chances and put some more offensive pressure on them, but overall I thought we played well against a good Babson team."