SOMMERVILLE – On the back of two first-half goals by junior Liz Reed, the Tufts University women's soccer team opened up their 2019 season with a 3-0 victory over Emerson College on Thursday afternoon at Kraft Field.
|Sophomore Sophia Wallach tallied her first career goal in the 2nd half.|
The #22 Jumbos are 1-0 to start the season while the Lions suffer their first lost of the season and are now 2-1. The game started on Wednesday, but was suspended due to lightning with 30 minutes left in the second half. The teams picked up where they left off on Thursday and the Jumbos recorded the win.
Emerson had started on the attack early in the contest as Grace Cosgrove fired a shot on goal from inside the 18-yard box in the first minute of action. That forced Jumbo freshman goalkeeper Hayley Bernstein to make her first collegiate save on her first opportunity. The teams appeared to have a feeling out process as neither team gained much of an advantage until the 18th minute.
Tufts junior Hannah Isenhart gained free space down the right sideline and put a cross into the box. Classmate Sophie Lloyd attempted to make a play on it, but it was too far out of her reach. However, senior Tally Clark was in the right position at the right time to collect the cross and fire a shot on goal. Her shot would bang off the left goal post and find Reed for the first goal of the contest.
Reed would tack on a second goal just four minutes later. Senior Jenna Troccoli drove down the right side of the field, which was initially stopped by the Emerson defense. She regrouped and made a pass to the middle of the field where Reed was crashing towards the goal. Reed fired a shot with her left foot from the 18-yard box that beat Megan Rose to extend the lead to 2-0.
In the 89th minute, freshman Margaux Ameer sent a ball from the left sideline to the middle of the field, just outside the box to sophomore Sophia Wallach. Wallach was forced to fire a shot as time was winding down, which found the back of the goal over Rose's head with just three seconds remaining on the clock.
The Jumbos outshot the Lions 24-2 with a 10-1 margin in shots on goal. Tufts managed to gain seven corner kicks while the Lions were unable to earn one.
Rose made seven saves on 10 Tufts shots on goal in the losing effort. Bernstein and freshman Ella Frantzen split time in goal for the Jumbos. They combined to make one save on one shot on goal.
Tufts is next in action on the road on Saturday when they open up NESCAC play at Williams. The scheduled start time is 12 pm. The Lions will wrap-up their three-game road trip by traveling to Saint Joseph's College of Maine for a 2:30 pm start.