TUFTS ADVANCES IN NCAA TOURNAMENT WITH 1-0 WIN OVER BATES

COLLEGE WOMEN'S SOCCER FINAL SCORE
NCAA Division III Tournament Second Round
Tufts 1              Bates 0

At Somerville, MA
Sunday, November 13, 2005

Bates (14-4-1)  

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Tufts (14-3-1)  

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Scoring: T, Kim Harrington (Sarah Callaghan) 24:00.

Goalkeeping: T, Annie Ross (90:00 0 GA) 7 saves; B, Nini Spalding (90:00 1 GA) 4 saves.

Shots: T, 13; B, 8.

Corner Kicks: T, 5; B, 2.

SOMERVILLE The Tufts University Women's Soccer team advanced to the NCAA Tournament Sectionals with a 1-0, second-round victory over Bates College in the third meeting between the teams this season on Sunday afternoon at Kraft Field.

Last Sunday, it was a dangerous Bates team that won the NESCAC title on Kraft, 2-1 in two overtimes, against the Jumbos. Today, junior Kim Harrington's (Helena, MT) goal in the 24th minute won it for Tufts, but an overall effort that limited the Bobcat opportunities that were so plentiful a week ago made the difference. The Jumbos now advance to play Wheaton College, a 1-0 NCAA second-round winner over Western Connecticut on Sunday, for the NCAA New England title in the third round next Saturday (Nov. 19).

With even play marking the opening minutes, Tufts was able to get out on top on Harrington's second goal of the year. For the eighth time this season, senior tri-captain Sarah Callaghan (Northborough, MA) assisted by sending a cross from the left side that Harrington ran to on the far side and one-timed into the net near the post. Tufts would have the better of the play for the remainder of the half, intercepting balls in the middle of the field to shut Bates down.

For the first 20 minutes of the second half, the majority of play was in the Tufts offensive half or in the middle of the field. The best Bates opportunity came on a cross from the far left to the far post that Jumbo junior keeper Annie Ross (Newton, MA) saved with 18 minutes to play. The last 15 minutes of the match were frantic, with periods of erratic play on both sides, but Tufts finished to gain a measure of revenge against their conference rival.

Whereas Bates seemed to threaten all game last week, the Jumbos were able to stymie the Bobcats and earn their ninth shutout of the year today. Ross finished with seven saves, not many that were especially challenging. Tufts finished with advantages of 13-8 in shots and 5-2 in corners. Senior co-captain Ariel Samuelson (Newton, MA) and sophomore Martha Furtek (East Falmouth, MA) took three shots apiece.

The Bobcats, who finished their season with a 14-4-1 record, got four saves from sophomore Nini Spalding (San Francisco, CA). The visitors won NESCAC title and advanced to the second round of NCAA play after placing fifth in the conference for the regular season. They were led offensively on Sunday by three shots from junior Kim Alexander (Cumberland, ME).

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