MEDFORD – Sophomore Beth Krikorian scored the game-winning goal against No. 17 MIT Wednesday night, as the No. 3 ranked Tufts field hockey team was able to slip by the Engineers 1-0 at Ounjian Field.
|Sophomore Beth Krikorian scored the game-winning goal for the Jumbos|
With the win the Jumbos improve to 4-0 on the season and will be on the road Saturday as they face non-conference opponent Kean in New Jersey at 4 pm. With the loss the Engineers fall to 5-3 and will be on the road again Saturday, facing conference opponent Mount Holyoke College with a 2 pm start.
The Jumbos applied tremendous pressure throughout the course of the first half, throwing 21 shots towards net while keeping MIT in their own end. Sophomore goalkeeper Grace Moore held her ground, and helped the Engineers go into the half with the score still being even at 0-0. Gigi Tutoni, Hanaa Malik, and Marguerite Salamone had most of the Jumbos' shots and were eager to break the tie, but weren't able to do so. The Engineers backline did a good job protecting their goalkeeper, as they blocked several shots in the circle.
Heading into the second half, the Jumbos continued where they left off. They had multiple penalty corners, but were unable to score though they were close on many occasions. In the 47th minute, one of these corners paid off. Junior Marguerite Salamone, who takes most penalty corners for Tufts, found freshman Sophie Schoeni at the top of the circle. Schoeni and Krikorian had great ball movement between one another, and Krikorian was eventually able to score her second goal of the season. This would be the winning goal, as the Jumbos were able to hold off some late game pressure from MIT.
Emily Polinski collected her fourth win of the season for Tufts, and her second shutout. Physical play did have a role in the contest, as two green cards and two yellow cards were assessed. Tufts played well again defensively, and only let Polinski see two total shots, with only one being on goal. The majority of possession belonged to the Jumbos as well, and they were able to do so with quick ball movement and pressure at midfield.
Overall, the Jumbos had a whopping 48 shots total, while the Engineers only had two. Tufts' pressure led to their 11 penalty corners, MIT had only one. Moore had 21 saves and was near perfect for the visitors. Senior co-captain Gigi Tutoni led the Jumbos with 13 shots, while Taylor Grey had the lone Engineer shot on goal.
Written by Athletic Communications intern Ryan Servant