Amherst 2 Tufts 1

Date: Tuesday, October 9, 2001
at Medford

Amherst (6-3-1, 4-2-1 NESCAC) 1 1 = 2
Tufts (6-4, 4-3 NESCAC) 0 1 = 1

SCORING: A, Cathy Poor (Jenny Rossman) 37:50; T, Elizabeth Tooley (Jess Trombly) 54:07; A, Lee-Jay Henry (Sarah O'Keefe) 78:03.

SAVES: A, Brooke Diamond 8; T, Mara Schanfield 6.


SHOTS: A, 17; T, 19.

MEDFORD – Freshman Lee-Jay Henry (Springfield, MA) slotted the game-winner in the 79th minute to lift a skillful Amherst side past Tufts, 2-1, in an important New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) women's soccer match on Tuesday afternoon in Medford.

Henry's second goal of the season was a result of some clever play through the Lord Jeffs' midfield. The move started when Henry herself won the ball around midfield and caught the Jumbos a bit flat in the back as she laid it off for Cathy Poor (Harwich Port, MA) to run onto. Poor played the ball through to the top of the box where Sarah O'Keefe (West Hartford, CT) made the most of the flat defense and played a square ball for Henry to run onto and slot first-time inside Tufts senior keeper Mara Schanfield's (St. Paul, MN) far post.

Poor, the provider for Amherst's game-winner, opened the scoring late in the first half with her team-leading seventh goal of the campaign. Momentum had swayed back and forth in the first half before Amherst forced a corner in the 38th minute of play. Sophomore Jenny Rossman (Newton, MA) swung a dangerous cross into the far post where senior co-captain Poor was left unmarked and took full advantage as she headed strongly past Tufts' keeper Schanfield. Sparked by going down a goal, the Jumbos upped their effort before the whistle but ended the half with a one-goal deficit.

Momentum shifted and chances were squandered on both sides in the early portions of the second half before Tufts pulled back a goal in the 55th minute. Jess Trombly (Nashua, NH) turned with the ball off a throw-in on the right flank and drove the ball across the box. Elizabeth Tooley (Syracuse, NY) was on hand at the far post to volley home her first goal of the season from 12 yards out. The pace of the match hastened noticeably after Tooley's equalizing effort and both sides produced some anxious moments for the other before the Lord Jeffs took the lead for good through Henry's goal.

The crucial result improved Amherst to 4-2-1 in the NESCAC and 6-3-1 overall while it dropped Tufts to 4-3 in the NESCAC and 6-4 overall.