CLAUDIO LEADS TUFTS TO 10TH STRAIGHT VICTORY AGAINST KEENE

COLLEGE WOMEN'S SOCCER FINAL SCORE
Tufts 2              Keene State 0

At Somerville, MA
Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Keene State (6-4-3)  

0  

0  

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0

Tufts (10-1)  

0  

2  

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2

Scoring: T, Lydia Claudio (penalty kick) 70:00; T, Ariel Samuelson (Claudio) 83:00.

Goalkeeping: T, Annie Ross (90:00 0 GA) 5 saves; K, Sarah Campbell (90:00 2 GA) 4 saves.

Shots: T, 16; K, 9.

Corner Kicks: T, 0; K 2.

SOMERVILLE Playing on Seniors' Day at Tufts, senior Lydia Claudio (Woburn, MA) scored on a penalty kick for the second straight game and set up the other goal as the Jumbos posted a 2-0 victory against Keene State College in non-conference women's soccer action at Kraft Field Tuesday.

The victory was the 10th in a row for the Jumbos, who have not lost since opening day on September 10. Ranked sixth nationally and first in New England, Tufts improved to 10-1 overall. Keene State College, winless in its last three games, fell to 6-4-3 overall.

A scoreless first half featured excellent scoring opportunities for both sides, more for Tufts. Sophomore Martha Furtek (East Falmouth, MA) and Lindsay Garmirian (Amherst, MA) both had point-blank shots that Keene keeper Sarah Campbell (Auburn, MA) stopped. For the Owls, junior Courtney Gately (Canton, MA) launched a shot on which Tufts keeper Annie Ross (Newton, MA) had to perfectly time a jump to keep out of the net. Ross also smothered a low shot by Breanne Lucey (Keene, NH) with a dive to the right.

After 25 minutes of continued scoreless play in the second half, Tufts senior tri-captain Ariel Samuelson (Newton, MA) was taken down in the box by a Keene defender and the Jumbos were awarded a penalty kick. Claudio, as she did against Trinity on Saturday, converted the opportunity for a 1-0 Tufts lead.

Samuelson had another scoring chance with 10 minutes on the clock when Garmirian set her up, but the shot was just over the crossbar. Samuelson did not fail to convert another golden opportunity when Claudio perfectly sent her in alone on Campbell in the 83rd minute. Her low shot slipped under Campbell into the net for her 11th goal, the fourth-best single-season total by a Tufts player in team history. The Jumbos have at least four games remaining, including the rest of the regular season on the road.

Ross recorded her fifth shutout of the season with five saves, including four in the second half. Campbell finished the game with four saves, two in each half. Junior Tara Wagner (Avon, CT) played well for the Owls, attempting three shots.

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