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Quiles Lifts Women's Soccer Past Babson, 2-0, In NEWMAC Championship Semifinals

Quiles Lifts Women's Soccer Past Babson, 2-0, In NEWMAC Championship Semifinals

Cambridge, Mass. - November 4, 2017 -  The fourth-seeded Springfield College women's soccer team used a pair of goals from senior Kim Quiles (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) to topple third-seeded Babson College, 2-0, on Saturday in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship Semifinals. 

This marks the ninth time in the past 10 seasons that Springfield has reached the NEWMAC Championship match and improved to 14-5-1 on the season.  Springfield, which was 11th in the NCAA Division III Regional Rankings this week, will face top-seeded MIT for the title on Sunday at 1 pm.  It will be the fourth-time in which Springfield and MIT will face off against each other for the conference title and seventh all-time meeting in the NEWMAC playoffs. 

Springfield put immediate pressure on the Babson back line as the Pride took six shots over the first 15 minutes of the game.  The Pride controlled the majority of the first half, owning a 9-2 advantage on shots, including three by Quiles.  

Springfield wasted little time taking control of the second half on an incredible strike from Quiles in the 53rd minute.  After Rachel Feliu (Elkridge, Md.) shook her defender on the left wing, she delivered a centering pass to Quiles, who turned and carried the ball to her right.  The senior then blistered a shot from 25 yards out just under the cross bar and over the outstretch arms of the Babson keeper for the game's first goal. 

Quiles then added to the Pride's lead, this time in the 65th minute.  Sydney Wine (New Braintree, Mass.) sent a beautiful ball behind Babson's back line, and Quiles masterfully took the ball off the bounce and  slotted home a shot from 10 yards out for her 12th goal of the season.

That was all the cushion Springfield would need as Ciara Boucher (Manchester, Conn.) produced her ninth shutout of the season, needing to make just two saves in the contest.  Springfield finished the game with a 21-9 margin in shots and a 4-1 edge in corner kicks.