Women's Soccer's Sees Late Rally Comes Up Short at Babson

Emily Doherty

Babson Park, MA --- Senior Jessica DiPhilippo (Falmouth, ME) had a goal and an assist, and junior Meghan Tyson (Scarborough, ME) scored the go-ahead goal in the 58th minute as Babson College defeated visiting WPI, 3-2, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's soccer action on Tuesday afternoon at Hartwell-Rogers Field. 

With its second consecutive victory, Babson is now 8-1-1 overall and sits alone atop the conference standings at 3-0-0. WPI, which entered the game on a five-match unbeaten streak, drops to 4-5-2 overall and 1-1-1 in the NEWMAC. 

First-year Kelsey Ford (Rockville Centre, NY) added a goal and classmate Victoria Penta (Belmont, MA) had an assist for the Beavers, who have won their first three league contests for the first time since 2011. 

Junior Emily Doherty (Shrewsbury, MA) opened the scoring for the Engineers with her league-leading ninth goal of the season just 15:14 into the match. After receiving a long ball from senior Abbie McIninch (New Kent, VA) that skipped past the Babson back line, Doherty chipped a shot from 20 yards over the head of charging senior goalkeeper Melina Kapotsis (Watertown, MA) and inside the right post for a 1-0 lead. 

The Green and White tied the game just over eight minutes later though, as DiPhilippo struck for her fifth tally of the year. After receiving a thru ball from Penta, she ripped a shot from 15 yards that slipped inside the left post in the 24th minute. DiPhilippo had a pair of attempts later in the half saved by WPI sophomore goaltender Abbey Teliska (LaGrangeville, NY), and then got a touch on a corner kick inside the six-yard box with 1:15 left in the opening stanza only to have it deflect off the crossbar and out of danger. 

After DiPhilippo had another shot from point-blank range denied by Teliska just under six minutes after halftime, the Beavers took the lead on Tyson's fourth goal in the last four games at 57:49. She took a feed from DiPhilippo on the right flank and cut inside before blasting a shot that hit the underside of the crossbar and caromed in for a 2-1 advantage. 

Ford stretched the lead to 3-1 in the 72nd minute when she corralled a loose ball and drilled a 20-yard shot into the upper corner for  her third tally of the season. The Engineers responded though, cutting the margin in half at the 85:10 mark when McIninch knocked home a free kick from first-year Karina Larson (Storrs, CT). 

WPI had one late chance to equalize, but Kapotsis came up with a save on a rocket by Larson from 15 yards with 2:21 remaining in the match. 

Kapotsis finished with stops for the Green and White, while Teliska made seven saves for the Engineers. 

The Beavers held an 18-11 advantage in shots and attempted six of the game's seven corner kicks. 

Both teams return to action on Saturday as Babson travels to Springfield at 1pm, while WPI is at Emerson for a 4pm kickoff.

Release Courtesy Babson Sports Information