Date: Saturday, September 28, 2002

JUMBOS CELEBRATE HOMECOMING WITH WIN OVER BATES

COLLEGE WOMEN'S SOCCER FINAL SCORE
Tufts 2    Bates 1

At Medford, MA

Tufts (3-2, 2-1 NESCAC)

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1

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2

Bates (3-3; 2-2 NESCAC)

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1

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1

SCORING: T   Becca Doigan (penalty kick), 24:17; B Catherine Crosby (unassisted), 61:56; T - Sarah Gelb (Catherine Benedict) 84:09.

SAVES: B, Kim Martell 5; T, Meg McCourt 1.

SHOTS: B - 8; T 29.

CORNER KICKS: B - 1; T 4.

MEDFORD, MA - The Tufts women's soccer team dominated Bates for most of the day, but it took a Sarah Gelb (Hermosa Beach, CA) tap in the 85th minute for the Jumbos to put the Bobcats away, 2-1, in a Homecoming Day match in Medford on Saturday.

Gelb and two other Jumbos crashed the net for the winning goal after a strong shot from sophomore Catherine Benedict (Millburn, NJ) hit the crossbar from 25 yards out. The Jumbos played their best soccer in weeks and "outplayed Bates all over the field," according to Tufts Head Coach Martha Whiting.  Tufts had 29 shots to Bates' eight.

"We came out very determined today. Our forwards are playing with a lot of confidence, and it was nice to capitalize on one of our opportunities," said Whiting.

Tufts got on the board first as junior forward Becca Doigan (West Bloomfield, NJ) scored on a penalty kick at 24:17.  Doigan was tripped as she dribbled on the right side in front of the goal, and hit her hard low kick off the hands of Bobcat keeper Kim Martell (Needham, MA).

Bates evened the score at 61:56 on an aggressive follow-up by junior Catherine Crosby (Lincoln, MA). Crosby's initial shot hit the left post and she followed strong to chip a shot past Jumbo sophomore goaltender Meg McCourt (Rochester, NY).

Martell finished the contest with five saves while McCourt  had one. Tufts improves to 3-2 and 2-1 in the tough NESCAC conference with the win, while Bates falls to even at 3-3 and  2-2 in conference play.

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