MIDDLETOWN, CONN. - The Tufts women's soccer team played its second conference game of the season defeating Wesleyan University 1-0 on Tuesday afternoon on Jackson Field.
The offenses on both sides came up short in a scoreless first half as it appeared to be a potential repeat of last year's 0-0 tie. Yet in the 58th minute of the contest, sophomore midfielder Sarah Maloney picked a great time to score her first collegiate goal for the Jumbos (2-0-1, 1-0-1 NESCAC), as she netted the game-winner with a bullet into the back of the net directly off a corner kick from junior captain Emma Ranalli.
|Sophomore Sarah Maloney netted her first collegiate goal|
Tufts junior Alessandra Sadler appeared ready to open the scoring in the 21st minute, but her drive from the edge of the box connected with the bar, missing a close scoring opportunity. With 15 minutes remaining in the first half, Cardinals sophomore goalkeeper Zoe Cassels-Brown (1-1-0) made an aggressive move out of her net, breaking up a 2-on-1 Jumbo attack, featuring senior midfielder Margaret Zahrah and freshman midfielder Sophie Lloyd.
The Jumbo defense stayed strong, fighting off the Cardinal attack who had scored seven goals in their first two games this season. Wesleyan (2-1-0, 0-1-0 NESCAC) had their fair share of opportunities throughout the contest, most notably in the 52nd minute where junior captain Lauren Goetzman sent the ball for junior forward Mo Nelson, who was breaking down the middle of the pitch, who then led a pass to junior forward Liz Young. Young corralled the ball and drove a shot just wide of the left post. Later in the contest, Goetzman nearly evened the score in the 83rd minute with a drive from just outside the box, but the rocket went barely over the crossbar.
The Jumbo attack had opportunities to extend the 1-0 lead on the Cardinals. On two occasions in the second half, a Cardinal defender was the last line of defense in the box. In the 61st minute, junior defender Kayla O'Brien stopped a shot by Sadler heading for back of the net. In the 65th minute, sophomore defender Mackenzie Mitchell ran to the edge of the goal and stopped a drive by Jumbo freshman forward Elizabeth Reed. Both Cardinals stepped up with critical team saves to keep the contest at one goal.
The Tufts offense edged Wesleyan in shots 15-11 and in corner kicks 7-4.
The Cardinal goalkeeper Cassels-Brown and Jumbo goalkeeper Emily Bowers (2-0-1) each made four saves in the close contest.
Wesleyan will play again at Bowdoin College on Saturday at 12 p.m. Tufts will be home against conference opponent Connecticut College on Saturday at 12 p.m.
Parts of this release courtesy of Wesleyan University
Written by Colin Mason, Athletic Communications Intern