TUFTS TRIUMPHANT IN NCAA FIRST ROUND OVER JOHNSON & WALES

COLLEGE WOMEN'S SOCCER FINAL SCORE
NCAA Division III Tournament First Round
Tufts 3              Johnson & Wales 0

At Somerville, MA
Saturday, November 12, 2005

Johnson & Wales (13-7-1)  

0  

0  

=  

0

Tufts (13-3-1)  

2  

1  

=  

3

Scoring: T, Lindsay Garmirian (unassisted) 6:00; T, Lydia Claudio (unassisted), 30:00; T, Lydia Claudio (unassisted) 77:00.

Goalkeeping: T, Annie Ross (90:00 0 GA) 5 saves; JW, Karisa Durkee (90:00 3 GA) 9 saves.

Shots: T, 17; JW, 5.

Corner Kicks: T, 7; JW, 0.

SOMERVILLE In first round action of the NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Tournament, the Tufts University Jumbos cruised by the Johnson & Wales University Wildcats, 3-0, on Saturday at Kraft Field. A total team effort led by two goals from senior Lydia Claudio (Woburn, MA) allowed Tufts to move to the second round.

In a game that featured the Great Northeast Athletic Conference champion Wildcats against the Jumbos, ranked #13 nation, there was little doubt who was in control for most of the day. Tufts got off to an early start when NESCAC Player of the Year Ariel Samuelson (Newton, MA) swung a corner into the box that was deflected by Johnson & Wales freshman goalkeeper Karisa Durkee (Newport, VT) and squirted to the right corner where senior Lindsay Garmirian (Amherst, MA) was waiting to deposit the first goal of the game six minutes into the match.

Tufts continued to control play, having the ball in the Wildcat zone for almost all of the first half. Durkee repeatedly stopped the Jumbos from grabbing a sizeable advantage early, at times sprawling across the goal line to deny the Jumbo offensive that finished with 17 shots. She would finish with nine saves.

Johnson & Wales had their best play of the game about halfway through the opening period when junior Kathryn Cherecwich (Howell, NJ) handled the ball in the middle of the field on three occasions, yet was not able to penetrate the strong midfield defense by junior Jen Fratto (Waltham, MA), who played a strong game for the Jumbos.

Tufts added another first-half tally on another surge led by Samuelson that ended with Claudio getting her first of the game on a ball slowly pushed by the goalie into the corner. The Jumbos would continue their strong play throughout the second half, and Claudio was again rewarded with a penalty kick rocket to the low corner in the 77th minute to finish the scoring. Tufts keeper Annie Ross (Newton, MA) earned her eighth shutout of the season with five saves.

Johnson & Wales finishes their season 13-7-1. The Jumbos (13-3-1) will face the NESCAC tournament champion Bates Bobcats in the second round tomorrow at 1:00. The match is a repeat of their double-overtime thriller in the NESCAC championship game last weekend, won by Bates 2-1. The Bobcats defeated Eastern Connecticut, 3-1, in Saturday's other NCAA first round match.

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