SOMERVILLE- The Tufts women's soccer team finished their second game in this weekend's double header with a 2-0 victory over conference opponent Trinity College on Kraft Field.
|Alessandra Sadler scores her first goal of the season|
The Jumbos remain undefeated and move to 3-0-2 overall with a NESCAC record of 2-0-2. With the Bantam's loss, their record moves to 1-4-0 with a NESCAC record of 0-3-0.
The first half of the NESCAC match-up was an even battle as neither team had many opportunities to score. Both squads started off strong as their defenses kept the ball in the middle of the field.
In the second half, Tufts made significant improvements as they pressed the attack. Only 4:28 into the second half, the Jumbos struck first as sophomore Tally Clark launched a pass from the corner of the box into the zone in front of the net where freshman Sophie Lloyd headed into the back of the net. Only three minutes after the first Jumbo goal, freshman Elizabeth Reed forwarded a low pass down the middle of the field to junior Alessandra Sadler who dribbled past the Bantam goalkeeper senior Julia Pitino for the easy score. The Jumbo squad picked up momentum as they pushed the tempo and controlled the possession for most of the remainder of the game.
Trinity managed to come close with a couple of scoring opportunities off the foot of sophomore midfielder Rhone O'Hara who missed wide left at the 30:43 mark in the second half. Another close opportunity came with only 1:11 left in the game when sophomore midfielder Tricia Pollock attempted to beat Jumbo goalkeeper to a ball that was served into the middle of the box yet Bowers aggressively left her position in the front of the net to jump on the ball to preserve the shutout.
The Jumbo defense was strong, allowing five shots with only one shot coming in the first half. Jumbo sophomore Sarah Maloney led the defense with great play giving Tufts their second shutout win this season. Trinity sophomore Kelly Lucas was given a yellow card at the 71:42 mark for an attempted slide tackle taking out Jumbo freshman Hannah Isenhart.
Tufts goalkeeper Emily Bowers (3-0-2) had three saves in the shutout. Bantam goalkeeper senior Julia Pitino (1-4-0) had four saves.
The Jumbos outshot the Bantams 12-5 and led the corner kicks 7-3. The Tufts team committed 13 fouls while Trinity had five.
Trinity College will be playing again on Tuesday, September 19th at Emerson College at 6:30 p.m. The Tufts women's soccer team will play again next Saturday, September 23rd at Brandeis University at 1 p.m.
Written by Colin Mason, Athletic Communications Intern