MIDDLEBURY AND TUFTS BATTLE TO A SCORELESS TIE

COLLEGE WOMEN'S SOCCER FINAL SCORE
Tufts 0   Middlebury 0  2 ot

At Middlebury, Vt.
Saturday, October 26, 2002

Tufts (8-3-1, 5-2-1 NESCAC)

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Middlebury (8-3-2, 4-2-2 NESCAC)

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Scoring: None.

Saves: M, Els Van Woert 11; T, Meg McCourt 7.

Shots: T, 24; M, 19.

MIDDLEBURY, Vermont - Neither Tufts nor Middlebury could find the back of the net through 110 minutes of action on a rainy day at Dragone Field in Middlebury, with the NESCAC women's soccer match ending in a scoreless tie.

The evenly played match did allow both teams some chances to win the contest. Just two minutes into the second overtime, Middlebury's Mayo Fujii ripped a shot that hit the crossbar and bounced away. The Jumbos had the game's best chance to score, but a penalty shot sailed wide with approximately five minutes left in the second overtime.

Els Van Woert ended the game with 11 saves for Middlebury, while sophomore Meg McCourt (Rochester, NY) made seven saves for Tufts. It was the first tie of the season for the Jumbos, but the second straight game in which they were held scoreless. The defense did well to shut out Middlebury, which had scored 24 goals in seven NESCAC contests entering the game. The shutout was the fourth this year for McCourt.

The tie left Tufts in a four-way logjam for first place in NESCAC entering the final week of the regular season. Amherst, Bowdoin, Tufts and Williams are all 5-2-1. The first place team gets a bye in the first round of the NESCAC playoffs, which start a week from Sunday (Nov. 3).

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