SAMUELSON LEADS TUFTS IN VICTORY OVER CAMELS

COLLEGE WOMEN'S SOCCER FINAL SCORE
Tufts 2              Connecticut College 0

At Somerville, MA
Saturday, October 30, 2004

Connecticut College (8-6, 3-6 NESCAC)

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Tufts (7-3-3, 5-1-3 NESCAC)

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SCORING: T, Ariel Samuelson (unassisted) 66:31; T, Samuelson (Cate Meeker) 88:15.

GOALKEEPING: C, Kate Simmons (90:00 2 GA) 3 saves; T, Meg McCourt (90:00 0 GA) 6 saves.

CORNER KICKS: C, 5; T, 4.

SHOTS: C, 13; T, 19.

SOMERVILLE -- Junior Ariel Samuelson (Newton, MA) scored the only two goals of the game as the Tufts University women's soccer team, in their final league game, defeated Connecticut College, 2-0, on Saturday afternoon.  With the win, the Jumbos finish third in the NESCAC.  They will host sixth seeded Williams in the first round of the NESCAC playoffs at 12:30 on Sunday.

Saturday's first half was rather uneventful, and neither team was able to gain momentum.  The Camels nearly scored at 11:00 when they attempted to shoot on an empty Tufts net after senior keeper Meg McCourt (Rochester, NY) dove for a save and deflected the ball.  However, several swarming Tufts defenders converged on the ball in the box, and it was sent out of bounds.

The game remained scoreless until the second half, where Tufts looked like a different team offensively than they had in the first.  The Jumbos out-shot the Camels 11-5 in the second half.  Samuelson broke the stalemate at 66:31 when she dribbled past Connecticut keeper Kate Simmons (Altamont, NY) for a spectacular solo score.  With four minutes left in the game, Connecticut still trailed by one when a Tufts foul gave the Camels a free kick just outside of the Tufts box.  The Camels were unable to convert the kick however, and the lead remained with Tufts.  Tufts added an extra goal for insurance at 88:15 when Samuelson's shot was deflected into the net by Simmons.  Cate Meeker (Portland, OR) was credited with the assist.

McCourt had six saves for the Jumbos, while Simmons had three in the loss for the Camels.  With the win, Tufts improves to 5-1-3 in the NESCAC and 7-3-3 overall.  Connecticut College falls to 3-6 league and 8-6 overall.

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