Women’s Soccer Smothers Salem State on Way to 3-0 Victory at Home

SOMERVILLE - A persistent offensive attack led Tufts Women's Soccer to a 3-0 shutout win against Salem State at Kraft Field Tuesday.

Hannah Isenhart assisted on two of three goals while coming off the bench.

The shot totals reflected the story of the game, with Tufts producing 44 shots to Salem State's four. Jumbo midfielders came out with their foot on the gas, smothering any attempt of a clearing for Salem State. Junior midfielder Ashley Latona made her second consecutive start of the season, proving to be active and not letting the Vikings get the ball out of their defensive half. 

The first twenty minutes held several scoring opportunities for the Jumbos, as a result of crisp passing and determined effort to control the ball. Defense turned to offense for the team in the 24th minute as sophomore Liz Reed lifted a shot just under the crossbar for her fifth goal of the season after the Jumbos forced a turnover in the box.

Despite 20 first-half shots, and ball possession for almost the whole 45 minutes, Tufts would enter halftime up just one goal. However, it would not take long into the second for the Jumbos to resume scoring. Just one minute into the half sophomore Hannah Isenhart found fellow sophomore Sophie Lloyd in front of the net open from roughly penalty-shot distance. Lloyd regained herself and fired an unstoppable shot top-shelf for her team-leading 8th goal of the year.

Not to be outdone, Reed would return to the scorebook once again just five minutes after Lloyd, making it 3-0 Tufts. Reed received the pass from Isenhart at the top of the box, took a step in and swung her left leg once again for her second goal of the night on yet another sophomore connection.

Starting goalkeeper Emily Bowers would combine with sophomore goalkeeper Ava McKane to hold Salem State to no goals. This marks McKane's first collegiate game, as she palyed 40 minutes of shutout soccer.

Tufts was led by Reed offensively as she scored two goals, while assisting on the other. Isenhart also contributed two assists in the game. The Vikings were led by midfielder Ashley Laboeuf with their lone shot on goal. Goalkeeper Amanda Backe played a great game, saving 15 shots while letting in three goals.

Tufts returns to play on Saturday as they travel to Connecticut College for a noon game. Salem State returns to action Saturday as well to play at Worcester State.

 

Written by Athletic Communications Intern Garrett Kerr