JUMBOS ADVANCE TO NESCAC FINAL WITH 2-1 WIN OVER COLBY

COLLEGE WOMEN'S SOCCER FINAL SCORE
NESCAC Tournament Semi-finals
Tufts 2              Colby 1

At Somerville, MA
Saturday, November 5, 2005

Colby (7-3-5)  

0  

1  

=  

1

Tufts (12-2-1)  

1  

1  

=  

2

Scoring: T, Kim Harrington (Lauren Fedore) 19:00; T, Jen Fratto (Sarah Callaghan) 46:00; C, Laura Williamson (unassisted) 86:00.

Goalkeeping: T, Annie Ross (90:00 1 GA) 5 saves; C, Liza Benson (90:00 2 GA) 5 saves.

Shots: T, 11; C, 8.

Corner Kicks: T, 5; C, 3.

SOMERVILLE Host Tufts University earned a spot in the NESCAC women's soccer championship match with a 2-1 semi-final victory over Colby College on Saturday at Kraft Field. The Jumbos (12-2-1) will host Bates College, a 1-0 semi-final winner in overtime against Bowdoin, for the conference championship on Sunday at noon.

Tufts, the #1 seed in NESCAC, was all over the #7 Mules early. Senior Lydia Claudio (Woburn, MA) hit the post on a free kick in the opening five minutes, with a shot off the rebound narrowly missed by sophomore Martha Furtek (East Falmouth, MA). Tufts struck first when off a give-and-go with sophomore Lauren Fedore (East Lansing, MI), junior Kim Harrington (Helena, MT) blasted a shot into the upper left corner of the far post from the top of the 18 in the 19th minute. Colby would end up earning an edge in possession for the remainder of the half, but without producing a quality chance.

The Jumbos added a huge second goal less than two minutes into the second half. During a scramble in the box after a corner kick, the ball was played out by senior tri-captain Sarah Callaghan (Northborough, MA) to junior Jen Fratto (Waltham, MA). She chipped it over Colby keeper Liza Benson's (Orchid, FL) head for a 2-0 Tufts lead.

With time winding into the final five minutes of regulation and defensive play becoming more frantic, Colby junior Laura Williamson (Manchester, CT) intercepted a clearing attempt by the Jumbos and ripped in a goal from the top of the box to suddenly give Colby life in the 86th minute. The strike was her 10th of the season. However, the Mules didn't get a good shot at tying it and the Jumbos moved on.

Both keepers finished with five saves, junior Annie Ross (Newton, MA) on the Tufts side and Benson for Colby. Tufts had an edge in shots (11-8), corners (5-3) and overall scoring opportunities.

Colby's season ended with a 7-3-5 record. The Tufts victory was a measure of revenge for a 2-0 loss to the Mules in the season-opener back on September 10.

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