HARTFORD, Conn.- Tufts Women's Soccer never looked back after freshman Stephanie DiLeo scored her first goal of the season, defeating Trinity 2-0 in Connecticut on Sunday.
|Freshman Stephanie DiLeo scored her first collegiate goal Sunday.|
The Jumbos played in Connecticut for the second time in two days after winning in overtime at Connecticut College on Saturday 2-1.
Shots would come at a premium in the first half of the Trinity game, with much if the action taking place in the midfield. Tufts had dominated ball possession, and showed rays of hope by running good motions with timely passing.
As soon as the Jumbos' second unit came in around the 25th minute, the pace of the game had changed, and more pressure was being applied to the Bantams backline. Tufts junior Izzy Moore would take a free kick in the 41st minute, which would volley around in front of the net. DiLeo was waiting at the top of the box as the volley bounced her way, and with no hesitation she swung her leg, striking the ball out of mid-air for a booming shot which found the top right of the net.
Halftime arrived as the Jumbos led 1-0. Neither goalkeeper was put under too much pressure in the first half with Emily Bowers saving the two shots she faced, and Taylor O'Connor stopping two of her three shots faced for Trinity.
Tufts' first unit took the field once again to begin half number two. The Jumbos pressed up heavily to begin the half, not letting the Bantams clear the ball despite many attempts. The pressure would pay off as Lily Sykes found herself in open space in the 61st minute. Sykes powered up into the box and dished to sophomore Liz Reed on her left, who gave a one-touch pass on the money for Sophie Lloyd, who buried the close-range finish. This would mark Reed's seventh assist as well as Lloyd's ninth goal of the year.
Bowers would save three shots in her 90 minutes of play, on the way to the 24th shutout of her career. This amazing accomplishment matches a Tufts Women's Soccer record previously set by Randee McArdle from 1997-2000. Bowers has a chance to break the record over the remainder of this season.
The Jumbos were led on offense by Reed with four shots and DiLeo with 3 shots. Katie Marlowbenedick led the way with two shots on goal for the Bantams.
Tufts will return to the field next week on Saturday, October 20th to square off against Williams in what will surely be a great NESCAC matchup. Trinity returns to action Wednesday to play Connecticut College.
Written by Athletic Communications Intern Garrett Kerr