UNION, N.J. – Senior Hanaa Malik scored the lone goal on the road against Kean University, as No. 3 Tufts Field Hockey won 1-0 Saturday afternoon at Kean University Alumni Stadium.
|Malik scored the game-winner against Kean|
With the win, the Jumbos improve to 5-0 on the season, and will be back home this Tuesday as they host conference opponent Wesleyan with a 6 pm start time. The Kean University Cougars fall to 3-6 on the season, and will remain at home as they face non-conference opponent University of Lynchburg tomorrow afternoon at 12 pm.
The Jumbos started off the game with a bang, as Malik scored just seven minutes into the contest, scoring her second goal of the season. She received a pass from freshman Sophie Schoeni at the top of the circle, and ripped a shot into traffic in front of Cougar goalkeeper Megan Houser. The ball slipped through players from both teams and ended up in the back of the net. Schoeni has at least a point in three straight games, and the Jumbos took the 1-0 lead into halftime. The Jumbos played well defensively, swarming the ball and not allowing a single shot.
Unlike previous games, the Jumbos didn't get as many chances as usual. The Cougars did a good job locking down defensively, and holding back the highly explosive Tufts attack. In the second half the Jumbos had a couple of good chances to extend their lead, but weren't able to due to the Cougars' defensive play. Junior Marguerite Salamone had a key chance late in the second half, throwing a tough angled shot on Houser, who did a good job turning it aside.
The two Cougar shots came towards the end of the second half, with roughly five minutes left to play. Tufts senior goalkeeper Emily Polinski held her ground, and along with help defensively the Jumbos were able to survive the late game press.
The Jumbos gave the Cougars very little to work with, and overall locked down their defensive end. Tufts played with control and was able to keep the ball on Kean's side.
The Jumbos had a total of 13 shots, compared to the Cougars' two. They had 12 penalty corners, while Kean had just one. Houser collected four saves in the loss, while Polinski had two saves in the shutout win for the Jumbos.
Written by Athletic Communications Intern Ryan Servant