BALBONI GOAL LIFTS CAMELS OVER JUMBOS, 1-0

COLLEGE WOMEN'S SOCCER FINAL SCORE
Connecticut College 1            Tufts 0

at Medford, MA
Saturday, September 21, 2002

Tufts (2-2, 1-1 NESCAC)

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Connecticut College (3-2, 1-1 NESCAC)

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SCORING: C, Brianna Balboni (unassisted) 40:17.

SAVES: C, Paige Diamond, 5; T, Meg McCourt, 2.

CORNER KICKS: C, 3; T, 8.

SHOTS: C, 7; T, 15.

MEDFORD -- Visiting Connecticut College won its first NESCAC game Saturday, beating Tufts 1-0. The Jumbos, who had won nine of their last ten home games, were outplayed for a critical stretch at the end of the first half, and the Camels took advantage, scoring on a long, high serve from by Brianna Balboni (South Yarmouth/Dennis-Yarmouth) that was too high for goalkeeper Meg McCourt (Rochester, NY/Brighton) to get a hand on.

The game was physical with momentum swings throughout the contest.  Tufts head coach Martha Whiting was not happy with her team's intensity in the first half, saying, "We waited to long, gave them too much time and space to get to the ball.  We need to play with full intensity full-time; we can't wait until twenty minutes left to pick up our play."

The Tufts offense could not capitalize on their scoring chances, controlling the early part of the match and getting off fifteen shots on the afternoon.  Connecticut goalie Paige Diamond (Longmeadow/Suffield Academy) played well, stymieing a number of solid Tufts opportunities.  Tufts' offense was lead by sophomore Jen Baldwin (Medway, MA), who had five shots and created much of the Jumbo offense.  Aggressive play in the second half led to a number of chances for the home team, but they were not able to score.

Diamond finished the game with five saves, while Jumbo keeper McCourt had two.  First-year forward Lydia Claudio (Woburn, MA/Open Bible Academy) and sophomore defender Catherine Benedict (Millburn, NJ/Millburn) both had two shots for Tufts.  Midfielder Christa Thoeresz (Portland, OR/The Caitlin Gabel School) was stellar for the Camels, especially in the first half, while teammate Caitlyn Dickinson (Billerica, MA/Austin Prep) had two shots.

The Jumbos have all week to regroup and prepare for a conference match against Bates next weekend in Medford, while the Camels are at the start of a four game road swing as they head to Mount Holyoke on Wednesday.

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