MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The #13 Tufts University women's soccer team earned a 2-0 victory over Wesleyan University in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) play on Sunday afternoon at Jackson Field.
|Sophomore Callie Scala tallied her first career goal in the win.|
The Jumbos improve to 8-1-1 overall with a 4-1-0 record in NESCAC play. The Cardinals fall to 6-2-2 on the season with a 2-2-2 record in league games.
Wesleyan was on the attack early as Emily Ribatt and Kate Hausladen fired shots on goal in the first five minutes.
The Jumbos earned their first opportunity when junior Hannah Isenhart managed to keep a ball in down the right sideline. She sent a ball towards the middle of the box, but it was deflected away to senior Jenna Troccoli who fired a shot from about 20 yards away, but it went high over the goal.
The Cardinals continued the attack with a shot on goal by Audrey Lavey but that was saved by freshman goalkeeper, Hayley Bernstein, made the save. The ball nearly got away from her but she was able to cover up the rebound.
Hausladen found free space in the 24th minute and she fired a shot that beat Bernstein, but it hit the crossbar and stayed out of the goal. On the ensuring counter-attack, the Jumbos earned a throw in, in the offensive zone. Freshman Margaux Ameer sent a ball towards the box which found sophomore Callie Scala, who cutting across the box, headed the ball back to the left side of the goal. The ball beat Sarah Hammond and gave the Jumbos a 1-0 lead.
Late in the first half, freshman Claire Wilkinson used some fancy footwork to gain free space in the box, but the shot went wide on the left on the goal. On the goal kick, sophomore Sophia Wallach won the free ball and fired a shot from about 25-yards out. The shot went wide right.
The Jumbos nearly earned an insurance goal in the 52nd minute sophomore Lily Sykes took a corner kick. The ball was sent to senior Tally Clark who forced a defender to keep the ball out of the goal. Clark got the rebound but that shot was saved. Wesleyan responded on their next attacking zone push with a scramble in front of the goal. Bernstein deflected a cross, but the rebound found Isabelle Martin. She fired a shot, but it was blocked.
Neither team earned a strong opportunity until the 68th minute when Ameer fired a shot from just outside the 18-yard box. Her was right at Hammond as she made the save with ease. A shot by Wallach in the 73rd minute was also saved by Hammond. On the Cardinal counter-attack, sophomore Kylie Metcalf broke up a cross when Wesleyan had numbers on the break. Another Jumbo corner kick found Metcalf in the middle of the box but her shot went high. However, the Jumbos won the possession from the ensuing goal kick. Junior Sophie Lloyd drove to the middle of the box. She had the ball stolen but freshman Madeleine Pero was in the right place to get the loose ball. She fired a shot to the bottom left on the goal to give the Jumbos a 2-0 lead.
Junior Liz Reed nearly added another goal for the Jumbos with a left footed shot that was headed for the bottom right of the goal, but she had too much movement on it and it went wide right. In the remaining minutes, Tufts continued the attack in the closing minutes, not allowing Wesleyan with a strong opportunity.
Bernstein made eight saves on eight shots on goal in the shutout win. She is now 8-1-1 in her rookie campaign. Hammond is 6-2-2 after making found saves on six shots on goal.
The Jumbos continue on the road as they travel to Amherst College on Saturday for a 12 pm start. The Cardinals return to the field on Saturday when they host Bates. They are slated to start at 11 am.