JUMBOS POST CRUCIAL 2-1 NESCAC WIN OVER MIDDLEBURY

COLLEGE WOMEN'S SOCCER FINAL SCORE
Tufts 2              Middlebury 1

At Medford, MA
Saturday, October 25, 2003

Middlebury (8-4, 4-4 NESCAC)

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Tufts (9-4, 4-4 NESCAC)

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SCORING: T, Sarah Callaghan (unassisted) 43:37; T, Jess Trombly (Sarah Gelb) 75:22; M, Brittany Cronin (unassisted) 85:38.

SAVES:  T, Meg McCourt 4; M, Els Van Woert 1.

SHOTS: T, 16; M, 11.

CORNER KICKS: T, 6; M, 5.

MEDFORD The Tufts Women's Soccer team earned a spot in the upcoming NESCAC playoffs with a critical 2-1 victory over the Middlebury College Panthers on Saturday at Kraft Field. Sophomore Sarah Callaghan (Northborough, MA) and senior Jess Trombly (Nashua, NH) scored the goals as the Jumbos moved into a tie for sixth place with the Panthers at 4-4 each in the league. The top seven teams advance to the NESCAC playoffs, which start a week from Sunday.

Tufts scored both of its goals off corner kicks. Late in the first half, a corner opportunity by sophomore Ariel Samuelson (Newton, MA) deflected off several players before Callaghan was able to put it into the net with just 1:23 to go until halftime. It was Callaghan's sixth goal of the season.

The game remained 1-0 Tufts as the clock wound down under 20 minutes left in regulation. Another Samuelson corner led to the second goal. Trombly put away a shot by junior Sarah Gelb (Hermosa Beach, CA) for a 2-0 advantage with 14:38 remaining. Trombly's goal was also her sixth.

A late Middlebury goal added suspense to the final minutes. Junior Brittany Cronin (Aurora, CO), the team's leading scorer, launched a bender from outside the box that reached the upper left corner of the goal to cut the margin to 2-1 with 4:22 left to play. Tufts, which in the second half controlled field position better than it was able to do in the first half, was able to close out the victory.

The Jumbos (9-4) remained undefeated in their last three games against the Panthers (8-4) with the win. Middlebury was ranked fourth in New England entering the match while Tufts was unranked. Junior goalkeeper Meg McCourt (Rochester, NY) made four saves as the Jumbos were able to stop a four-game weekend losing streak against conference teams. Middlebury lost its second straight in league play.          

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