BALDWIN LIFTS TUFTS INTO NESCAC CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH

COLLEGE WOMEN'S SOCCER FINAL SCORE
NESCAC Tournament Semi-final
Tufts 2    Connecticut College 1    2ot 

At Kraft Field, Medford, MA
Saturday, November 9, 2002

Connecticut College (10-5-1)

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Tufts (11-3-1)

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Scoring: T, Jen Baldwin (unassisted) 12:15; C, Lauren Luciano (Caitlyn Dickinson) 17:26; T, Jen Baldwin (penalty kick) 100:30.

Saves: C, Paige Diamond 9; T, Meg McCourt 3.

Shots: C, 9; T, 27.

Corner Kicks: C, 9; T, 9.

MEDFORD Sophomore Jen Baldwin (Medway, MA) scored on a penalty kick just 30 seconds into the second overtime to give the Tufts Jumbos a 2-1 victory over the Connecticut College Camels in the semi-finals of the NESCAC women's soccer playoffs on Saturday. Tufts advances to play Williams College in the NESCAC Championship match on Sunday at 12 noon. Williams advanced to the final on penalty kicks over Bowdoin.

For Tufts, Baldwin was awarded the kick after she was tripped in the box on a scoring chance. Her penalty kick, halfway up in the back right corner, was her second goal of the match and lifted #1 seed Tufts, which improved to 11-3-1 overall. Connecticut College, the #5 seed, finished its season with a 10-5-1 record.

The penalty kick goal capped an exciting match between the Jumbos and Camels. Visiting Connecticut College just missed winning the game in the closing seconds when a free kick to the goalmouth was headed off the crossbar. The ball angled straight down in front of the cage, but Tufts was able to frantically clear.

There were several good opportunities by both teams during the entire match. Baldwin opened the scoring when she flicked the ball past a Connecticut College defender and broke in alone. She drilled her shot off the far post and it deflected across the goal line into the net on the short side in the 12th minute. Connecticut College answered within five minutes on a similar play. Freshman Caitlyn Dickinson (Billerica, MA) sent senior Lauren Luciano (Longmeadow, MA) in alone on the Tufts cage and her shot rocketed into the corner of the goal to tie the score at 1-1.

With 17 minutes left in the first half, Tufts sophomore Becky Greenstein (Newton, MA) had an open shot off a corner kick, but Camels keeper Paige Diamond (Longmeadow, MA) was positioned for the save. The Camels also had their share of chances, with sophomore Christa Thoeresz (Portland, OR) earning a direct kick with two minutes left in the half as the best. The Jumbos finished with an 8-5 advantage in shots for the half, but Conn had five corner kicks to one by the Jumbos.

More quality scoring changes continued in the second half. Tufts freshman Ariel Samuelson made a great bid 19 minutes in when her blast from 25 yards left clanged off the crossbar. The Jumbos had a flurry near the 80-minute mark. Then with six minutes to go the ball squirted to Baldwin after corner kick, but her point-blank shot was deftly knocked over the crossbar by Diamond. Connecticut College could not convert a two on one with one minute remaining in regulation.

The best chance in the first overtime was by Tufts, with sophomore Catherine Benedict (Millburn, NJ) taking a close shot that Diamond extended up to save. Diamond had nine saves for the Camels. Tufts keeper Meg McCourt (Rochester, NY) had three.

The Jumbos, who avenged a 1-0 loss to the Camels during the regular season, will be playing in their second NESCAC Championship Match. They lost to Middlebury, 2-0, in the 2000 final.

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