Three Early Goals Lead Women’s Soccer to 3-0 Shutout at Hamilton

CLINTON, N.Y. - The Tufts University women's soccer team scored three goals in the first 14 minutes of play to defeat the Hamilton College Continentals 3-0 in NESCAC action on Sunday at Love Field.

Sarah Maloney and the Jumbo defense earned their seventh shutout of the fall.

With the win the Jumbos improve to 10-1-1 on the season, with a NESCAC record of 6-1. The Continentals fall to 8-3-1 and a conference record of 4-3-1. Tufts, ranked 13th in the United Soccer Coaches DIII poll, is now unbeaten (9-0-1) in 10 straight games.

Jumbo sophomore midfielder Lily Sykes earned the first goal of the game at the 2:43 mark of the first half. She recovered a loose ball at the top of the penalty area and let a deep shot go that got past Hamilton junior Rachel Pike for her second tally of the season.

Just nine minutes later the Jumbos doubled their lead on a junior Liz Reed to senior co-captian Jenna Troccoli combination. Reed intercepted a goal kick and sent a beautiful cross to Troccoli in the box from where she deposited her third goal of the year put Tufts up 2-0.

The Jumbos extended their lead once more just two minutes later. Reed sent another perfect ball into the goal area which resulted in a scrum in front of the net. It was Tufts junior Hannah Isenhart who got her foot on the ball to find the back of the net with her first goal of the season.

Host Hamilton had plenty of chances as they outshot Tufts 17-13 throughout the game, including one occasion when they earned two corner kicks in a row. However, Jumbo freshman goalkeeper Hayley Bernstein (six saves) and the Tufts defense were up to the task and recorded the team's seventh shutout of the season (Berstein's sixth).

Tufts earned six corner kicks while Hamilton finished with a total of five. Pike stopped five of the eight shots faced in the Hamilton goal.

Tufts hops back into NESCAC action next Saturday when they host Connecticut College for Homecoming with a noon start time. Hamilton continues NESCAC play also next Saturday when they face Wesleyan for an 11 am start time.