|Sophomore Kristin Wright made five first-half saves for Tufts
SOMERVILLE - The Tufts University Jumbos dropped a close 1-0 decision to the 14th-ranked Williams College Ephs in NESCAC women's soccer action on Saturday afternoon's Senior Day at Kraft Field.
Before the game, the Jumbos honored their six seniors: Cleo Hirsch (Hull, MA), Lauren O'Connor (Dudley, MA), Jamie Love-Nichols (Cortez, CO), Laney Siegner (Chevy Chase, MD), Alix Michael (Mercer Island, WA) and Olivia Rowse (Falmouth, ME).
Williams out-shot the Jumbos 9-6 in the first half as Tufts sophomore keeper Kristin Wright (Austin, TX) made five saves. Williams junior keeper Lauren Wann (Palos Verdes, CA) made one stop for the Ephs. It came in the 28th minute on a shot from Michaels off a cross from sophomore Maeve Stewart (Palo Alto, CA).
The Ephs had a chance immediately following Stewart's shot as senior Nicole Stenquist (Hudson, MA) raced back with the ball, but her shot was saved by Wright. Later in the 31st minute, Tufts had another chance, but Stewart's attempt from the right side of the box was too high. In the waning moments of the half, Stewart found a loose ball in the box after it had bounced around, but her sliding shot attempt trickled passed the near post.
Williams struck just 27 seconds into the second half off a one-time goal from first-year Hana Tomozawa (Honolulu, HI) inside the near-left post. Junior Caitlyn Clark (Middleton, MA) earned the assist with a cross.
Junior keeper Phoebe Hanley (Mamaroneck, NY), who had entered the game at halftime, made a key stop in the 79th minute on a ball that was loose in the box, keeping Tufts alive.
The best chance for the Jumbos to tie came in the 82nd minute when a header from sophomore Anya Kaufmann (Evergreen, CO) wandered and bounced through the box, but glanced off the post and stayed out of the net.
The Ephs out-shot Tufts for the game, 17-10. After Wright made five saves in the first 45 minutes, Hanley stopped three. Wann's only save in the game for Williams came in the first half.
The Jumbos now stand at 4-2-1 in the NESCAC and 6-3-2 overall. They finish the regular season with three straight road contests, the first of which is tomorrow afternoon at 12 pm against Bates. Williams jumps ahead of Tufts in the standings at 5-1-1 in conference and 8-2-1 overall. The Ephs will play tomorrow at Connecticut College at 11 am.