September 9, 2009

Women's soccer suffers first loss of season, 1-0, at Babson

BABSON PARK, Mass. (courtesy Babson College sports info)-- Junior Patty Pytlik (Wellesley, Mass.) scored the game-winning goal with just under 20 minutes remaining in regulation to lead the host Babson College Beavers to a 1-0 win over visiting Brandeis University Judges in a non-conference women's soccer contest at Hartwell-Rogers Field on Wednesday afternoon. With the win, the Beavers evened their record at 2-2 on the year, while the Judges fell for the first time to drop to 2-1.

Babson had the best chance of the scoreless first half, as sophomore Annie Kenney (Weston, Mass.) found herself free on the left side of the box. The second-year midfielder then hit a curling shot toward the far upper corner, but Brandeis senior goalie Hillary Rosenzweig (Boca Raton, Fla./Spanish River) tipped it off the crossbar and out to keep the Beavers off the board.

Brandeis had two great scoring chances midway through the second, but Babson junior keeper Sarah Macary (Woodbury, Conn.) came up with a pair of clutch saves. With 24 minutes remaining in the period, junior Tiffany Pacheco (Rehoboth, Mass./Dighton-Rehoboth Reg.) hit a rocket from 30 yards out that Macary was able to tip off the crossbar. Judges' sophomore Mimi Theodore (Walpole, Mass./Walpole) followed up with a header off the rebound, but Macary recovered in time to make an easy catch.

The Beavers finally took the lead at 70:07, as the ball caromed out of a scrum to Pytlik at the 18. Babson's leading scorer then ripped a bending one-time shot just out of Rosenzweig's reach and inside the left post for the game's first goal. It was Pytlik's team-best fourth goal of the season.

Macary finished with six saves in net for Babson, while Rosenzweig turned away eight shots for Brandeis, two shy of her career high and tied for her second-highest single game total.

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