Jumbos Advance to Final Four vs. Wisconsin Stevens-Point

Tufts 1 William Smith 0

at Medford
Date: Saturday November 11, 2000

William Smith (14-5-1) 0 0 = 0
Tufts (17-3-1) 0 1 = 1

SCORING: Jess Trombly (unassisted) 46:10

SAVES: WS, Leah Cornwell 9; T, Randee McArdle 9


SHOTS: WS 11; T 15

MEDFORD -- Freshman Jess Trombly (Nashua, NH) scored an unassisted goal less than two minutes into the second half as the Jumbos advanced to their first ever women's soccer national semi-final with a shutout victory over the William Smith College Herons on Saturday afternoon.

Tufts (17-3-1 overall) moves on to face Wisconsin Stevens-Point, the central region champion and a 2-0 winner over Salisbury State, in a national semi-final game next Saturday. William Smith ends their season at 14-5-1.

Tufts dominated play early in the game but neither team was able to score. What looked like a Jumbo goal mid-way through the half was disallowed as the serve on a corner kick had gone out of play before the shot. Tufts seemed to lose some momentum at this point and from here on play was fairly even through half-time. Goal keepers Randee McArdle (E. Nassua, NY) for Tufts and Leah Cornwell (Caledonia, NY) were both able to stymie all opponent chances.

A twenty-five minute injury delay with just 2:27 to play in the first half did not seem to impact either side on this cold and we day. The William Smith player was seriously injured in a collision with McArdle in front of the Tufts net and was out of the game for the day.

Trombly scored in the 47th minute after a long run down the left sideline. A strong stop by the Tufts defense turned into an offensive opportunity as they sent Trombly away. She had Lynn Cooper (Wilton, CT) open with a 2 on 1 chance but Trombly didn't think twice about passing as she

blasted a tough shot into the upper right corner of the net, out of the reach of the 6'1" Cornewll. "Coach always says 'take the shot', so I did, " said Trombly, the NESCAC Rookie of the Year.

The second half of play was much rougher than the first as William Smith, using significantly more substitutes than Tufts, was able to carry the play in front of McArdle. The Herons seemed buoyed by the challenge of the Tufts goal and managed to dominate play for the rest of the game but could not score. Tufts coach Martha Whiting noted that "William Smith beat us to a lot of balls, they really played tough, but we are a mentally tough team and in the end that helped us to get it done."

Tufts held the advantage in shots (15-11) and corner kicks (5-1). Corwell made nine saves for William Smith, the winners of the Northeast region, while McArdle posted her 8th shutout of the season for the New England region champions.

Tufts was the New England Region champion in 1998. The Jumbos advance to the national final four competition for the first time. They now have a 6-1 record in NCAA tournament play.