JUMBOS CLINCH NESCAC TOP SEED, BEAT COLBY 1-0

COLLEGE WOMEN'S SOCCER FINAL SCORE
Tufts 1    Colby 0                      

At Medford, MA
Saturday November 2, 2002

Tufts (10-3-1; 6-2-1 NESCAC)

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Colby (5-9; 1-8 NESCAC)

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SCORING: T Cara Glassanos, (Catherine Baldwin), 33:00.

SAVES: C Elizabeth Riley 4; T Meg McCourt - 2.

SHOTS: C - 5; T 25.

CORNER KICKS: C 1; T - 5.

FOULS: C - 4; T - 5.

MEDFORD -- On a cold and windy afternoon at Medford, the Jumbos controlled the play and held on to beat Colby 1-0 on a long shot in the first half by senior defender Cara Glassanos (Hingham, MA). Tufts got the combination of results it needed from the rest of the conference and has earned the top seed in the NESCAC tournament with its tenth win of the season.

Dominating the play for most of the contest, Tufts out-shot the White Mules 25 to 5, not allowing a Colby shot on goal in the first half.  Colby goalkeeper Elizabeth Riley (Saco, ME) was up to the task, however, as Tufts could not score on eleven shots in the first period.

Tufts' second leading scorer, Jess Trombly (Nashua, NH), came off the bench after nursing an injury all week and led the team with five shots, but could not find the back of the net.  Glassanos did all the damage the Jumbos would need in the 33rd minute, her long serve in off a feed from Catherine Benedict (Millburn, NJ) finding the right corner as Riley could not come up with the save.

"We played tough all day, everyone came to play, knowing we had to win to have a chance to host NESCAC's," commented head coach Martha Whiting.  "It's exciting to get to ten wins as well.  That is something we have not done in a while."

Tufts goalkeeper Meg McCourt  (Rochester, NY) finished with two saves, Riley had four. Colby had one corner kick to Tufts' five. Tufts improved to 10-3-1, and finished 6-2-1 in the league. The Mules did not qualify for the tournament and finished with a 5-9 overall record, and a 1-8 conference mark.

Tufts earned a bye as the top seed and will now wait a week to play.  Their opponent will be decided in first round games to be played at campus sites tomorrow.  The semi-finals and finals of conference play will be held in Medford on November 9-10, 2002.

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