TUFTS OPENS NESCAC SEASON WITH 2-1 WIN OVER AMHERST

COLLEGE WOMEN'S SOCCER FINAL SCORE
Tufts 2              Amherst 1

At Medford, MA
Saturday, September 13, 2003

Amherst (1-2, 0-2 NESCAC)              0            1            =            1
Tufts (2-0, 1-0 NESCAC)                    1            1            =            2

SCORING: T, Jessica Trombly (unassisted) 15:22; T, Jen Baldwin (Becky Greenstein) 69:41; A, Ashley Harmeling (unassisted), 88:53.

SAVES:  T, Meg McCourt (90 minutes) 3; A, Jeanette Crowell (90 minutes) 4.

SHOTS: T, 22; A, 9.

CORNER KICKS: T, 4; A,3.

MEDFORD The 16th ranked Tufts University Women's Soccer team got goals from each of its returning All-NESCAC strikers to earn a 2-1 victory over Amherst College in conference action at Kraft Field in Medford on Saturday.

The Jumbos, playing their first league match of the season, improved to 2-0 overall. Amherst dropped to 1-2 overall and 0-2 in the NESCAC. Tufts has now won two straight in the series.

With Tufts dominating possession at the outset, senior Jessica Trombly (Nashua, NH) put them on the scoreboard in the 15th minute. She lofted a shot over Amherst freshman keeper Jeanette Crowell (San Rafael, CA) from the top of the box for a 1-0 lead. The Jumbos went on to post an 11-2 advantage in shots for the first half.

Amherst came to life early in the second half. The Jeffs earned a corner in the first two minutes that fell in front of the Jumbo cage, but was cleared. Tufts was able to increase its lead to 2-0 in the 69th minute. Junior Lindsey Wolejko (East Lyme, CT) started the play with a long ball that junior Becky Greenstein (Newton, MA) collected. Her cross to junior Jen Baldwin (Medway, MA) was perfect and Baldwin deposited the ball into the net for her second goal in as many games.

The visiting Jeffs got the better of an aggressive play by Jumbo junior goalkeeper Meg McCourt (Rochester, NY) late in the half for their lone goal. With two members of each team vying for a loose ball outside the box, it squirted free and Amherst junior Ashley Harmeling (North Reading, MA) booted it into an open net to cut the margin to 2-1 with 1:07 left on the clock. Amherst gained possession in the final minute, but didn't come close to netting the equalizer.

McCourt posted three saves in the Tufts net for the victory. Crowell made four stops for Amherst, all in the first half.

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