JUMBOS, EPHS TIE IN BATTLE OF TOP NESCAC TEAMS

COLLEGE WOMEN'S SOCCER FINAL SCORE
Tufts 0    Williams 0    2ot

At Williamstown, MA
Saturday, October 22, 2005

Tufts (10-1-1, 5-1-1 NESCAC)   0   0   0   0   =   0
Williams (9-3-1, 5-2-1 NESCAC)   0   0   0   0   =   0

Scoring: None.

Goalkeeping: T, Annie Ross (110:00- 0 GA) 11 saves; W, Sarah Ginsburg (110:00 - 0 GA) 8 saves.

Shots: T, 9; W, 16.

Corner kicks: T, 5; W, 5.

WILLIAMSTOWN -- The Tufts University women's soccer 10-game winning streak came to an end, but an 11-game undefeated stretch continues after the Jumbos and Williams College tied 0-0 after 110 minutes of NESCAC play on Saturday afternoon.

The match pitted #6 in the nation Tufts against #24 Williams on a cold and wet Saturday afternoon. The Jumbos keep hold on first place in NESCAC, moving to 5-1-1 in the conference and 10-1-1 overall. Williams is now 9-3-1 and 5-2-1 to stay in second place.

The Ephs looked to score early, putting pressure on immediately after kickoff and forcing three corner kicks in the first three minutes. It looked as though the Ephs might put one away just before the 20-minute mark when Ana Sani (Scarsdale, NY) fired a shot from the top of the 18-yard box and Tufts keeper Annie Ross (Newton, MA) fumbled the save and let out a rebound. The ball bounced straight out to Gabby Woodson (Plano, TX) who had a point-blank opportunity. Making the save of the game, Ross leapt sideways and caught the ball while stretched out horizontally three feet off the ground. Ross continued to be sharp, making seven saves in the half alone. She would finish with eleven on the game.

Tufts answered that chance with an equally good one just minutes later. A shot by Lauren Fedore (East Lansing, MI) from about 20 yards out curved towards the left post and Williams keeper Sarah Ginsburg (Dallas, TX) had to throw herself right, tipping the ball just wide.

Woodson had another chance to put her team on top at 25:30 when a ball by Alix Oliver (Louisville, KY) landed behind the Tufts defense. Woodson ran on to it as Ross charged out of her net. They reached the ball at the same time, but Woodson managed to get a foot on it. The shot went by Ross and looked to be heading right for the lower left corner. A little too much curve, however, sent it sliding past the post and out.

Some miscommunication by the Williams defense resulted in an odd-man rush for the Jumbos late in the first half. Left back Jessica Hing (Oakland, CA) was beat when she slipped in the mud, Kaolin McEvoy (Longmeadow, MA) mis-timed her movement, and Caitlin Colesanti (Wyckoff, NJ), the right back, also missed her attempt to steal the ball. That left Britt Spackman (West Newton, MA) all alone with three Tufts forwards. Sophomore Martha Furtek (East Falmouth, MA) dribbled a few more steps then fired a shot that sailed just high.

The second half saw the ball controlled more equally by the teams, with Tufts stepping up their play and generating more chances. Both teams made several shots that missed by mere inches. For Williams, Kate Harkey (Nashville, TN) ran on to a threaded ball by Sani and shot just high. For Tufts, Fedore beat McEvoy and went one-on-one against Ginsburg. She ripped a shot towards the right post, but Ginsburg blocked it and recovered quickly for a rebound that never made it to her as Hing stole and cleared the ball.

Tufts had the last chance to end it in regulation and with just seconds left. The Jumbos drove down the field and shot as the buzzer sounded. The ball, fired from the far left, bounced harmlessly against the side of the net.

Overtime featured more back and forth, high intensity play. The Ephs had a close chance from Sani, and Jessie Freeman (Charlestown, MA) and Woodson connected on a play that almost beat Ross as Woodson used her speed to chase down a cross by Freeman.

The host Ephs earned a 16-9 advantage in shots for the game. The shutout for Tufts is their sixth of the season, the second in a row and the fourth in the last five games. Ginsburg blocked eight shots as Williams stopped a two-game losing skid.

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