NEW LONDON, Conn. - A late first half goal proved to be the game winner as Coast Guard fell to Babson 1-0 in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action.
With the loss the Bears fall to 3-5-4 on the season and 0-3-2 in conference play. The Beavers improve to 6-4-2 overall and increase their NEWMAC record to 4-2.
The Coast Guard defense was called upon early in the first half to keep the Babson offense at bay as senior Marissa Endow got free down the right side and dribbled in on goal in the 11th minute. Sophomore Janissa Arzie however closed down Endow's space and was able to block her shot and knock the ball of Endow and out of play, thwarting the attack.
Freshman Claire Hurley nearly found the back of the net from a set piece on the right side at the 27:28 mark. Hurley fired a shot in from 30 yard out towards the opposite post, but her shot was just wide and out of play.
The Beavers took the lead right in the 36th minute as sophomore Emma Dineen drove a free kick into the box from half field. The service bounced and was headed across the front of the goal by freshman Olivia West finding the feet of sophomore Jessica Fernandes who knocked a shot over sophomore goalkeeper Rachel Boohar for her fourth goal of the season.
Coast Guard nearly responded right away in the second half as senior Terry Netusil managed to steal the ball from a Babson defender in the right corner. Netusil crossed the ball but sophomore goalkeeper Maddison Gierschick came off her line and punched the ball away. The clearance went right to sophomore Kali Borden who one timed the rebound back towards goal. Gierschick, however, recovered and snatched Borden's shot out of the air.
Babson continued to pressure, looking for an insurance goal as senior Olivia Kerester slid a ball through the Bears back four to Endow who took a touch towards goal. Boohar came charging off her line and before Endow could get a shot off slid in and knocked the ball away from her. Junior Victoria Penta was their for the rebound and fired a shot back in on goal but by that point Boohar had recovered to make the save.
Senior Jennifer Narlee also was able to slot Endow in behind the Coast Guard defense again but Arzie and Boohar closed down her space quickly forcing her to take a shot that went wide.
With under four minutes to play the Bears mounted a rally as Borden cut the ball back on her defender in the right corner of the Beaver's side of the field. She laid a pass to freshman Madeleine Khoilian who went to take a shot but was blocked by a Babson defender in the 87th minute.
Khoilian again attempted to jump on a ball in the Babson offensive third as freshman Elizabeth Miller served a ball into the box from half field. The ball bounced in the Beaver's box and found the feet of Khoilian who again attempted a shot but was blocked by the Babson defense at the 87:35 mark for the Bears final attack ending the game in favor of the Beavers.
Boohar (3-5-4) made two saves on three shots on goal allowing the lone goal. Boohar is second in the conference with 77 saves on the season. She sits fourth all time with 190 career saves and if she reaches 200, she will be only the fourth goalie in program history to have 200 or more career saves.
Gierschick (4-1-1) made four saves on four shots on goal faced for her second shutout of the year. She is first in the NEWMAC with a .41 goals against average and has only allowed three goals this season.
Coast Guard is back in action this Tuesday, October 11, when they host Mount Holyoke searching for their first conference win of the season. Game time is 7:00 pm.