SOMERVILLE - Senior co-captain Jenna Troccoli scored two goals in her second game back from injury and junior Liz Reed scored a solo tally as the Tufts University women's soccer team defeated Trinity College 3-0 in NESCAC action on Saturday afternoon at Kraft Field.
|Senior co-captain Jenna Troccoli scored her first two goals of the season.|
Troccoli started the scoring for the Jumbos just 8:16 into the contest when she received a well-placed pass from junior midfielder Hannah Isenhart just outside the penalty arc in the Trinity zone. Troccoli drew the Trinity goalkeeper off her mark and fired a deep shot that was able to find its way to the back of the net giving the Jumbos an early lead.
The Jumbos continued to apply offensive pressure early on the Bantams and soon extended their lead. The opportunity came at the 20:41 mark off the foot of Reed when she received a pass on the doorstep of the net from sophomore Callie Scala, chipping it in to give the Jumbos a two-goal advantage. Reed now has a team-leading seven goals as she continues a stand out junior season. The assist was the firsst point of Scala's career.
Tufts outshot Trinity 15-1 for the first 45 minutes and earned three corners to none for the visiting team. The Jumbos' first-half offensive success came from a strong start as they earned three shots on goal within the first five minutes of play. Trinity goalkeeper Jennifer Stuart, who would make 15 saves for the game, stopped eight shots in the first half.
The action picked up in the second half, with Trinity looking to create scoring chances early. A strong Jumbos defense seemed to eliminate any chance for the Bantams to establish any momentum in order to cut the two-goal lead. The Jumbos only allowed two shots in the second half while being paced defensively with outstanding play by sophomore back Tookie Wilson and senior defender Sarah Maloney.
The Jumbos would add to their lead with their senior captains getting in on the next goal. Senior midfielder Izzy Moore sent a long ball down the left alley of the Trinity zone where senior Tally Clark was able to make a play on it. Clark beautifully controlled the through pass and led Troccoli towards the front of the box. Troccoli handled the pass from Clark and eventually drilling a shot inside the right post to put Tufts up 3-0 in the 60th minute.
Troccoli and Reed combined for 10 of Tufts' 26 shots. Bernstein, who stopped the only shot she faced in the contest in the second half, recorded her first conference solo shutout of the year. The Jumbos were able to keep the Bantam's from earning a corner kick throughout the entire 90 minutes.
The Jumbos (7-1-1, 3-1 NESCASC) continue their NESCAC action tomorrow when they travel to Wesleyan for a 1:00 pm srart. Trinity (2-5-1, 1-3) travels to Bates tomorrow for a 12:00 pm NESCAC contest.