Women's Soccer Earns 3-1 NESCAC Triumph over Visiting Hamilton College

SOMERVILLE - Tufts Women's Soccer defeated Hamilton College 3-1 on a misty Sunday afternoon at Kraft Field to finish out a run of six consecutive home games.

Junior Margaret Zahrah posted her second goal of the season to help the Jumbos win

The Jumbos advanced to 4-2-3 overall and in NESCAC to 3-1-1, while Hamilton's loss put them at 2-5-2, 1-5-1 NESCAC. Tufts finished the six straight home games at a record of 2-2-2.

In the 29th minute today, senior Brooke Fortin took a corner kick that was headed by junior Chandler Quintin and dropped in front of the goal where junior Margaret Zahrah submitted an open shot into the net to put the Jumbos at a 1-0 lead.

Off another corner kick by Fortin, Tufts had two chances to score on a line-drive shot by senior Stefanie Brunswick and a quick rebound by freshman Tally Clark which the Continentals saved.

Hamilton had an opportunity to score off a senior KC Kelly pass from midfield to junior Katie Kreider on a fast-break with two defenders at her side, but she could not finsh the play in the 43rd minute.

Hamilton would break through on a corner kick by sophomore Jessie Murray into the goal area. A shot by freshman Kayleigh Harris was saved, but senior Morgan Fletcher was in front to strike a liner into the right side of the goal in the 52nd minute to tie the match at one-even.

Tufts responded in just 1:18, as sophomore Taylor Koscho stroked a 30-yard pass that ended up right near the feet of junior Mariah Harvey-Brown who kicked it right over Continental junior goalkeeper Rachel Cooley's head for a 2-1 lead in the 53rd minute.

The Continentals had a chance to put the game at a even score with a corner kick by sophomore Rachel Cady leading to junior Amanda Becker's kick which was saved by Tufts sophomore goalkeeper Emily Bowers in the 68th minute of play.

Tufts senior co-captain Robin Estus spun off a defender at midfield to pass it through another defender to senior Jess Capone who broke from the line of Continental defenders to net a top right corner goal giving Tufts a 3-1 lead in the 80th minute of regulation.

Bowers saved three shots in today's match to earn her fourth win of the season. Cooley took the loss to convert her goalie record at 1-2-1 while saving eight shots.

The Jumbos doubled the amount of shots taken by Hamilton to lead 20-10 for the game.

The Jumbos have a week off until they travel to Middlebury on Saturday for a 2 p.m. match. The Continentals finish a three-game road stretch at Amherst on Saturday with a noon start.

Post-Game Reaction by Mariah Harvey-Brown