Kaufmann's Points Record Leads Women's Soccer to Best Goal Output in 10 Years at Suffolk

Anya Kaufmann is the first player in Tufts history to score seven points in a game

Portions of recap courtesy of Suffolk University

BOSTON - Senior tri-captain Anya Kaufmann (Evergreen, CO) set a new Tufts women's soccer program scoring record with seven points today as the Jumbos won 7-2 in non-conference play at Suffolk. She had three goals and an assist in the game.

Kaufmann tied the Tufts goals in a game record, becoming the ninth player to score three goals in a game. She is the first to do so since injured teammate Maeve Stewart had three in her collegiate debut against Middlebury on September 11, 2010. With her hat trick today, Kaufmann now has eight goals this season for the best Tufts total since 2007.

First-year Jess Capone (Schenectady, NY) tied a Tufts record with three assists in the Suffolk game. She is the sixth player to ever reach that mark for the Jumbos, and the first since Fanna Gamal in 2007. Capone also scored a goal to finish with five points.

First-year Brooke Fortin (Bow, NH) scored two goals, junior Victoria Stoj (Vernon, CT) finished with a goal and an assist, and first-year Alex Pius (Essex Junction, VT) assisted two goals. The seven goals scored by Tufts were the most by the team since a 7-0 season-opening victory against Gordon in 2003.

Head coach Martha Whiting's Jumbos have won three of four, improving to 7-5 with the win. The Rams dropped their third straight and are now 5-10.

Kaufmann assisted Capone's goal just two minutes into the game to get Tufts going. She then scored all three of her goals in an eight-minute span from 13:49 to 21:44 helping Tufts to a 4-0 halftime lead. Shots were 20-1 Tufts through 45 minutes.

Fortin would score her pair of goals in the second half, while Capone knocked in her fourth goal of the season on a header that was started on a free kick by Pius.

Suffolk would finally get on the board in the 61st minute as senior Taylor Miranda (Smithtown, NY) was led up field by fellow senior Gabrielle Balestrier (Mohnton, PA). Miranda's shot from five yards to the left side of the goal went in for her team-leading 10th strike of the season.

Senior Meghan McHale (Halifax, MA) also recorded a goal for Suffolk in the 78th minute of the contest as her shot from the 25-yard line went in for her first goal of the season.

Seniors Kristin Wright (Austin, TX) and Rachel Chazin-Gray (Berkeley, CA) shared the victory in goal for Tufts, with each playing a half. Suffolk's Melissa Brouillette finished with 10 saves. The Jumbos recorded a 35-5 final advantage in shots (17 on goal) and 5-1 in corners.

Tufts will travel to Hamilton College and play on Saturday, while Suffolk travels to Saint Joseph's College (ME) on Wednesday at 3:30pm.

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