Teams: Women's Soccer: Press
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
FURTEK DRIVES JUMBOS, EARNS NESCAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
MEDFORD -- The Tufts
University women's soccer team turned the corner last week, and junior
midfielder Martha Furtek (East Falmouth, MA/Falmouth) was the driving
force. The Jumbos won their first two games of the season, and Furtek figured in
the scoring of all three goals that helped them do so.
The Jumbos entered
Tuesday's non-conference game on Kraft Field against local rival Babson College
with a 0-2-2 record. An NCAA Tournament "final four" team last fall, the Jumbos
lost a lot of offense to graduation and had been struggling to score. They were
coming off an encouraging 2-2 tie at Amherst on September 23 during which Furtek
scored her first goal of the season.
Against the Beavers,
Furtek assisted on a goal and scored one in the first 30 minutes of play to give
the Jumbos a 2-0 lead that they would not relinquish. That would be the final as
Tufts earned its first victory.
On Saturday, Tufts
played Bates College in front of a large Homecoming Day crowd. The game was a
rematch of last year's NESCAC championship game, won 2-1 by Bates in
double-overtime on Kraft. Tufts had gained its revenge with a 1-0 win over Bates
in the NCAA Tournament last year, but a rivalry had been born and Saturday's
match was a big test.
Furtek's blast from the
top of the box in the 67th minute stood as the game's lone goal and
the Jumbos won 1-0. Suddenly, the team had a three-game unbeaten string and
Furtek had scored goals in each game. The Jumbos ended the week with a 2-2-2
overall record and a 1-1-2 mark in NESCAC to tie for fifth place.
With her scoring
splurge, Furtek jumped into the top 10 in NESCAC scoring with 1.17 points per
game (seven points in six games). Her goal-every-other-game pace (0.5) places
her tied for seventh.
The Jumbo defense
deserves part of this Player of the Week award, shutting down both opponents
last week. Especially for their effort against Bates, who had scored nine goals
in its previous two games.
However, it was Furtek
who literally kick-started the Jumbo offense as it ended its winless streak. Her
three goals are now half of the team's offense through six games.