WATERVILLE, Maine - Sophomore Sophie Lloyd racked up another two-goal game in route to a 2-0 Tufts women's soccer victory at Colby College on Saturday afternoon.
|Sophie Lloyd added two more goals to her season total of four on Saturday.|
In the 26th minute, Tufts sophomore Hannah Isenhart was able to control a Colby goal kick and funnel the ball into the box to Lloyd. Lloyd blew by the lone defender in front of her and scored the first goal of the game with a left-footed boot.
The Jumbos took some time to settle in. The beginning of the game proved to be a battle for possession, with just three total shots coming in the first 15 minutes. As the clock ran, Tufts grew more comfortable and composed while getting into their offense.
Lloyd's goal marked a turning point in the game. Tufts was visibly poised on the road for the second time this week, with crisp passes arriving on time and on target. As a result, the Jumbos were able to produce several higher percentage scoring opportunities. Tufts entered the half up 1-0 on the scoreboard, while leading in shots on goal 10-5.
When the second half began the Jumbos picked up where they left off: attacking and smothering the ball on every touch. It did not take long for the scoring to resume as Lloyd was able to find the back of the net once more, following a series of quick touch passes from the Jumbo forwards in the 50th minute. This marks Lloyd's second two-goal game this year, including last Wednesday night at Emerson.
Tufts' defensive backs performed excellent in the second half at keeping the ball out of the box and relieving senior goalkeeper Emily Bowers of any pressure. Bowers did all she was asked, turning in her second shutout win of the year, a feat she accomplished six times during her junior season.
Freshman Melina McDevitt led the Jumbos in shots on goal with three. Sophomores Lloyd and Liz Reed also contributed two shots on goal, along with junior Paige Vigliotta. Bowers stopped all three shots she faced.
For Colby, Mannon Frykholm, Olivia Greif and Sofia Oliveira all managed to put a shot on net. Meanwhile goalkeeper Dani Lonati played the first half, allowing one goal, with seven saves. Shannon Gray came in to play the second half to produce a stat line of seven saves with one goal allowed.
Tufts returns to action on Sunday at 1 pm in Somerville to face Keene State in the Jumbos' home opener. Colby on the other hand will hit the road to play at Husson Wednesday.
Written by Athletic Communications intern Garrett Kerr