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Babson 1, Tufts 0

At Babson Park, MA
Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Game Box Score

Fanna Gamal hit the crossbar in the second half

BABSON PARK, Mass. -- Junior Kristy Benoit (Shrewsbury, MA) scored the game's only goal less than two minutes in and junior goalie Sarah Macary (Woodbury, CT) made eight saves in net as the Babson College Beavers defeated the visiting Tufts University Jumbos, 1-0, in a non-conference women's soccer contest at Hartwell-Rogers Field on Tuesday afternoon.

With the win, Babson, ranked sixth in New England by the NSCAA, improved to 7-3-1 overall, while Tufts slipped to 3-3-0.

The Beavers wasted little time in taking the lead, as sophomore Annie Kenney (Weston, MA) hit a perfect thru ball up the middle to Benoit. The junior striker then broke in all alone and chipped a shot over the head of Tufts' senior keeper Kate Minnehan (Hopkinton, NH) and into the back right corner for the game's only goal at 1:52. It was Benoit's second goal of the season.

Tufts would have the majority of scoring chances the rest of the way, recording a 25-3 shot advantage in the contest. However, most of the Jumbos' eight shots on goal were from well outside the box and easily handled by Macary. Tufts' best chance came when senior Fanna Gamal's (Albany, CA) shot from the top of the box hit the crossbar at the 54-minute mark. Sophomore Alix Michael (Mercer Island, WA) then had a follow-up attempt, but Macary was there to make the save and preserve the lead.

Macary finished with eight saves in earning her fifth shutout of the season for the Beavers, while Minnehan stopped two shots in goal for Tufts. The Babson defense was magnificent in the win, with senior captain Kayla Pomponi (Belmont, MA), first-year Caroline McManus (Walpole, MA), and first-year Nichole Vargas (Warren, RI) all contributing huge plays in the final 25 minutes.