MEDFORD – Liz Reed scored just two minutes into the game on a header, and the Jumbos followed it up in the second half with a goal from Jenna Troccoli as Tufts Women's Soccer defeated Bates 2-0 in Saturday NESCAC action.
|Liz Reed tacks on her second goal of the season with a header.|
Tufts wasted no time getting the scoring going at Kraft Field Saturday afternoon, just as they have most of this season. Senior forward Alessandra Sadler dribbled the ball deep toward the Bates corner and sent a beautiful crossing pass in front of the net, where Reed was waiting for the header. She connected and sent the ball just outside the reach of the Bates goalkeeper to put Tufts up 1-0.
Throughout the first half, the midfielders on the Jumbos stayed composed while controlling long goal kicks coming from the Bates end, containing the ball in the Tufts attacking zone. Controlling possession and keeping the ball with their offense has helped Tufts begin the opening third of their season without allowing a single goal.
Scoring opportunities for Bates were limited, but when they did arise, Jumbo goalkeeper Emily Bowers was ready to step up. Despite facing no shots on goal in the first half, Bowers was pressured early in the second half as a Bates forward broke free. With no hesitation Bowers sprung from the net and pounced on the ball before a shot could even be taken.
Tufts continued the scoring in the second half when defense turned to offense for Troccoli. She intercepted a pass in the Bates end, dished to a teammate and sprinted for the net. Senior forward Alex Aronson delivered a timely touch pass for Troccoli who turned and fired into the top left of the net for her second goal this year.
Precise passing was the theme of the day for Tufts, as their two goals came as a product of well-delivered feeds from teammates. Bowers completed her fifth shutout of the season, matching her last-season total, just five games in.
For the visitors, Bates forwards Sarah DiPillo and Amelia Waite each fired two shots, while goalkeeper Kathrine Nuckols saved eight shots in her 90 minutes.
The Jumbos will return to action at Kraft Field a week from today on Saturday, September 22 when they host non-league action against Brandeis. Meanwhile, Bates will return home to face off against Babson tomorrow afternoon at 2 pm.
Written by Athletic Communications Intern Garrett Kerr