EWING, N.J. – The Tufts University women's soccer team advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament with a 3-1 victory over SUNY Cortland on Saturday at The College of New Jersey's Lions Stadium.
Head coach Martha Whiting's Jumbo team improved to 13-3-2 and will face host TCNJ on Sunday at 1 pm. The 13 victories are the most for the Jumbos since 2007.
Tufts controlled the first half today, taking 11 shots and earning two corners to the Red Dragons' four shots and no corners. However, the game was tied 1-1 at halftime. The Jumbos continued to have the better of the play and it would pay off with a pair of goals in the first 25 minutes of the second half.
Freshman Madeleine Pero scored the eventual game-winning goal in the 55th minute. The ball was tapped back to her and she buried a shot from 16 yards out for her sixth goal of the season. A double assist was awarded to freshman Claire Wilkinson and junior Liz Reed.
Tufts would add insurance to its lead in the 70th minute with Reed getting another assist on a corner that senior Sarah Maloney headed in for a 3-1 advantage.
Tufts closed out the win defensively, allowing Cortland just one shot over the final 20 minutes.
The Jumbos had taken a 1-0 lead in the eighth minute when a shot by sophomore Lily Sykes was saved, but junior Sophie Lloyd was on the spot to score into an empty net from in close. The tally was Lloyd's eighth of the year.
The game looked like it might go to the half with Tufts leading 1-0, but the Red Dragons evened the score on a freshman Sabrina Rodrigues goal with just 42 seconds on the clock. She took a long through ball from junior co-captain Alannah O'Shea and scored on a shot that bounced off the left post and went in.
Tufts was able to take care of business in the second half and win a first-round game for the second straight year. They finished with a 27-6 advantage in shots, including 16-2 in the second half. Tufts earned four corners overall and did not allow one to Cortland.
Freshman goalkeeper Hayley Bernstein stopped three shots in the win for Tufts. Cortland junior co-captain Danika Svendsen had 10 saves, five in each half as the Jumbos kept her busy.
The Red Dragons wrapped up their season at 12-6-2.
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