Teams: Women's Soccer: Schedule & Results
JUMBOS BREAK THROUGH FOR 2-0 NON-LEAGUE WIN OVER
COLLEGE WOMEN'S SOCCER FINAL SCORE
Tufts 2, Keene State 0
At Somerville, MA
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Game Box Score
|Cleo Hirsh and the Tufts defense limited
Keene State to one shot on goal
SOMERVILLE -- For 81 minutes on Tuesday afternoon,
the Tufts University women's soccer team threatened to break through
the Keene State College back line. In the last nine minutes, they
did it twice. The Jumbos battled hard in their home opener and
walked away with a 2-0 victory over the Owls at Kraft Field.
Speedy senior Cara Cadigan (Nahant, MA) beat her
defender to a ball through the middle of the field and was left free to
slam it into the back of the net to give Tufts a 1-0 lead with just
under ten minutes remaining. The assist went to sophomore Jamie
Love-Nichols (Cortez, CO), who played her beautifully into space.
Cadigan and Love-Nichols had been leading the Jumbos offensive attack
all afternoon, each firing four shots at Keene State goalie Meghan
Dempsey (East Weymouth, MA).
Six minutes later, Ali Maxwell (Exeter, NH) put
the game on ice for Tufts with a great individual effort. Alone in the
right corner, the senior found herself with the ball after it deflected
off of an Owls defender. With no one in the box, Maxwell curled the ball
towards net, depositing it in the top shelf and putting Tufts two goals
ahead with very little time for Keene to comeback.
Tufts had threatened to take the lead in the 24th
minute, but Maxwell's header clanged off the junction of the post and
crossbar. Despite a flurry of shots from the home team, the Owls hung
tough in the first half, and reached the break with the game scoreless.
Dempsey played well in goal for Keene State, stopping
seven shots overall and keeping her team in the game. In the 57th
minute, she scrambled off her line to stop a break-away attempt by
Love-Nichols and kept the game scoreless.
In the end, however, Keene State could muster only one
shot on goal, giving Tufts' keeper Kate Minnehan (Hopkinton, NH)
very little trouble during a shutout win. The Jumbo backline played
stalwart defense all afternoon, particularly sophomore Cleo Hirsh
(Hull, MA), who battled up and down the field for 90 minutes.
Cadigan, Love-Nichols, and Maxwell all collected their
first points of the season for the Jumbos, who evened their record at
1-1. The Jumbos will host Amherst next Saturday, while Keene State, now
4-2, travels to Plymouth State.