Full Team Effort Pushes Women’s Soccer to Successful Home Opener Over Keene

MEDFORD - Tufts' scoring attack thrived on Sunday, led by sophomore Sophie Lloyd's two goals, as the women's soccer team beat Keene State 5-0 in their home opener on Kraft Field. 

Senior goalkeeper Emily Bowers earned her third shutout in three games

Early on in the game Tufts (3-0-0) looked to feel out the Owls of Keene State (1-2-0), not overextending on offense, but rather watching to see how the Owls would react. Freshman midfielder Lily Sykes provided the Jumbos with the energy they needed, bouncing around causing all sorts of issues for the Owl midfielders attempting to control possession. 

Sixteen minutes into the game, Sykes took a free kick from just outside the box, opted to not shoot, and fed sophomore Sophie Lloyd a picture-perfect pass for Lloyd's fifth goal on the season. The Jumbos were not done yet, as 32 minutes into the game senior midfielder Sarah Grubman made a backward pass in hopes to reset the offense. Junior midfielder Izzy Moore received the pass, and without hesitation fired a rocket of a shot which found the top right corner of the net, marking Moore's first goal of the year.

For the remainder of the half, Jumbos dominated time of possession, smothering Owl players on the touch, leading to a 2-0 lead at halftime.

Tufts wasted zero time getting things going in the second as just two minutes into the half, sophomore Liz Reed scored her first goal of the season with assists coming from junior forward Paige Vigliotta, and Lloyd.

Junior Sarah Maloney and seniors Taylor Koscho and Jamie Corley acted as the Jumbos' fall-back system throughout the game. The trio seldom let any balls through the backline they formed in front of senior goalkeeper Emily Bowers, who completed her third straight shutout of the year.

Tufts' forwards remained hungry for more, as the super-sophomore duo of Reed and Llyod connected for the fourth Jumbo goal of the game. Reed received a high pass at the top of the box which she redirected with her head finding Lloyd for her third straight game with two goals.

The Jumbos were able to cycle through several line changes in this game, keeping fresh legs on the field at all times. This became apparent in the 83rd minute when freshman Kylie Metcalf found sophomore Hannah Isenhart for her first goal on the season, making it 5-0 Tufts.

Eight different Jumbos were able to get off shots today while Lloyd once again led the scoring column with two goals. Reed and Moore both connected on their lone shots of the day, while Isenhart scored on one of her two shots.

As for the visitors, they could not get anything going in the scoring column despite shots by Katie Bottis and Alyssa Wilcox. Goalkeeper Shelby Offord made eight saves on the day while allowing five goals.

Keene State continues their road trip at Framingham State on Wednesday, while the Jumbos also return to action Wednesday night at home versus Wesleyan.

Written by Athletic Communications Intern Garrett Kerr