WESLEYAN STUNS TUFTS IN NESCAC WOMEN'S SOCCER PLAY, 1-0

COLLEGE WOMEN'S SOCCER FINAL SCORE
Wesleyan 1    Tufts 0

At Middletown, CT
Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Tufts (10-2-1, 5-2-1 NESCAC)   0   0   =   0
Wesleyan (3-7-2, 1-5-2 NESCAC)   1   0   =   1

Scoring: W, Danielle Crystal (unassisted) 4:38.

Goalkeeping: T, Annie Ross (90:00 - 1 GA) 5 saves; W, Gavi Elkind (45:00 - 0 GA) 7 saves; Andrea Giuliano (45:00 - 0 GA) 7 saves.

Shots: T, 23; W, 14.

Corner kicks: T, 7; W, 2.

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. -- Wesleyan dealt Tufts a blow in its quest for the top seed in the upcoming NESCAC tournament when junior Danielle Crystal nailed a shot into the right corner of the goal after picking up a botched goal kick early in the game. The strike stood for a stunning 1-0 Wesleyan win over the Jumbos in women's soccer action on Wednesday afternoon.

The Cardinals (3-7-2, 1-5-2 NESCAC) won their first NESCAC game of the year and earned just their third conference win since the 2000 season. Tufts (10-2-1, 5-2-1) lost an 11-game unbeaten streak and complicated the scenario by which they can clinch the top seed. Tufts fell into a three-way tie for first place in the NESCAC standings with Williams and Amherst and finishes at Connecticut College (2-6 in the NESCAC) Saturday. Williams and Amherst play each other at Williams. Wesleyan, which has been eliminated from playoff contention, ends the season on the road at Bowdoin Saturday.

Crystal's goal was her fourth of the year, and freshman goalies Gavi Elkind and Andrea Giuliano combined for 14 saves and a shutout. Tufts had a 23-14 advantage in shots, but could not score for the second straight game following a 0-0 tie at Williams on Saturday. Junior Annie Ross (Newton, MA) had five saves in the Tufts goal.

Tufts had not lost a game since opening the season with a 2-0 loss at Colby on September 10.

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