Worcester, MA --- Ashley Tourso (Glen Rock, NJ) and Bridget McCurdy (Weston, MA) scored goals less than nine minutes apart early in the second half to propel visiting Babson to a 2-1 victory over WPI in a NEWMAC women's soccer contest played Saturday evening as part of WPI's Homecoming weekend.
With the victory, Babson remains tied with Wellesley atop the NEWMAC standings with seven points. The Beavers are 7-3-1 overall and 2-0-1 in conference play. WPI dips to 4-6-1 on the season and 1-2 in NEWMAC action.
After a first half that saw only five total shots, Babson took a 1-0 lead at 51:06 when Tourso knocked home her own rebound for her fourth marker of the year. The guests doubled the advantage as McCurdy netted her first goal of the fall when she collected a deflected ball and lobbed it into the back of the net at 60:10.
WPI came storming back and got to within 2-1 when Megan Forti (Lynn, MA) swarmed on a loose ball near the net and deposited her team-best fifth goal at the 68:41 mark. The Engineers kept the pressure and nearly tied the game 28 seconds later when Kristen Garza (Kingston, MA) slipped past the Babson defenders and hit the post. That would prove to be the best chance for the hosts to level the score.
Goalkeeper Lisa Wojnar (Bellarie, TX) was credited with three saves for Babson, who outshot the Engineers 13-6 on the night and enjoyed a 8-4 advantage in corner kicks. WPI netminder Maddie Willer (Penfield, NY) made five stops for the Crimson and Gray.
Both squads continue NEWMAC action on Tuesday afternoon at 4pm. WPI ventures to Cambridge to face defending tournament champion MIT while the Beavers entertain Clark.