WALTHAM – Junior stand-outs Liz Reed and Sophie Lloyd combined on a pair of goals as the Tufts University women's soccer team defeated local rival Brandeis University 2-0 in non-conference action Tuesday afternoon at Gordon Field.
|Liz Reed netted her fifth goal in five games this fall.|
Reed set up Lloyd for the first goal in the first half and then Lloyd returned the favor in the second as the Jumbos improved to 4-1. Brandeis, who could not capitalize on some serious opportunities in the second half, dropped to 4-2.
Neither team generated a great scoring chance for most of the first half until the Jumbos went up 1-0 in the 37th minute. Junior Hannah Isenhart won a ball in front of the Tufts bench and tapped it to Reed, who cut towards the middle and passed to Lloyd at the top of the box. With a touch to the left, Lloyd opened up room for a shot and drilled it low and left to beat Brandeis keeper Victoria Richardson for her fourth goal of the year. All four of Lloyd's goals have come in the last three games.
Tufts outshot Brandeis 8-4 for the first 45 and earned two corners to none for the hosts. Richardson made three saves in the Judges' goal and freshman Hayley Bernstein stopped two for Tufts.
The action picked up in the second half, with Brandeis creating two chances early. The better of the pair was a strong bid by Juliette Carreiro in the 59th minute. She controlled a pass from Katie Hayes with her left foot and was able to get by a Tufts defender into the box. However, her shot from in close to the far side was just wide.
Carreiro was in the middle of another good chance for Brandeis when she took a throw-in, turned and sent a long ball to the far post where Daria Bakhtiari was waiting. Her chip shot was high.
Before she would get her goal, Reed had a shot from just outside the top of box that had Richardson lunging to her right to make the save.
The Judges kept coming. On a drive into the Tufts zone following a goal kick, Jessica Herman gave Lauren Mastandrea space charging down the right side and she fired a shot that Bernstein had to dive right to save.
The Jumbos would ultimately thwart the hosts, with their two offensive leaders getting the next goal. Sophomore back Tookie Wilson sent a long ball into the middle of the Brandeis zone where Reed beautifully tapped it out of the air to lead Lloyd towards the box. Lloyd sent a pass all the way back across the box to the left where Reed had got back into the play and drilled a shot inside the left post to put Tufts up 2-0 in th 82nd minute.
Reed and Lloyd combined for seven of Tufts' 18 shots. Bernstein had to be sharp in the second half, and she was with four saves while recording her second solo shutout of the year. The Jumbos gave up just one corner while earning four.
Brandeis finished with 11 shots, seven in the second half. Carreriro was dangerous throughout the match, finishing with four shtos (two on goal). Richardson made seven saves for the Judges.
The victory was extra sweet for Tufts in that it ended a five-game winless stretch (0-3-2) against Brandeis dating back to 2009. The Judges won last year's contest 2-1 in overtime. Tufts' last win in the series was 1-0 in 2008.
The Jumbos return to NESCAC action Saturday when they host Colby at 12:30 pm. Brandeis is at Lasell on Saturday at 3 pm.