BOSTON- A strong defensive game plan, along with precise passing lifted Tufts women's soccer over Emerson 4-0 on the road to kick off the Jumbos' season Wednesday night.
|Sophomore Sophie Lloyd scored one of her two goals in the opening minute.|
Just one minute and nine seconds is all it took for the Jumbos to begin their scoring this year. As soon as the whistle blew, sophomore Sophie Lloyd pressured hard on a back pass, took possession of the ball, and netted the first shot of the season for Tufts.
The Jumbo forwards and midfielders were explosive and active early on, cutting off clearing attempts while setting up multiple scoring opportunities in the first ten minutes of the game. For the majority of the first half, Tufts was able to control the ball, and keep it deep in the Emerson zone. Despite the numerous opportunities as a product of great passing, Tufts led by just one at the break. This was due in part to a few big-time saves by Emerson goalkeeper Megan Rose.
The second half began with intensity, as an Emerson forward broke free for a one-on-one. Tufts senior goalkeeper Emily Bowers waited patiently, then pounced at the exact right time, denying any attempt at a shot on net in Emerson's best scoring opportunity.
Tufts quickly stole the momentum back when sophomore forward Liz Reed dribbled down the left sideline and sent a beautiful cross in front of the net where junior Jenna Troccoli was eagerly waiting to finish the goal in the 50th minute. Shortly after Lloyd returned to the box score once again when she fought for possession in front of the net and fired a top-shelf shot for her second goal of the night, leaving Tufts up 3-0.
The Jumbos' defensive line stood strong all night, to such a degree that Emerson had tried to switch the side they had been attacking all night. Tufts junior midfielder Ashley Latona brought the energy and decided to join in on the scoring as well for Tufts just three minutes after entering the game as a sub in the 65th minute.
Seven of ten starters for Tufts managed to fire shots today while Lloyd led the scoring attack with two goals on four shots. Troccoli and Latona also each contributed a goal on the way to a 4-0 season-opening win for the Jumbos. Bowers finished the contest with two saves.
For the host Emerson Lions, Grace Cosgrove led the offensive attack with three shots on goal, while freshman goalkeeper Megan Rose made some agile saves on her way to 11 total for the game.
Emerson returns to the field on Saturday to host Wesleyan. Tufts will be back in action on Saturday as well when they travel to Colby looking to build off an encouraging first win of the season.