Tufts 2 Babson 0

At Medford, MA
Tuesday, September 17, 2002

Tufts (2-1) 1 1 = 2
Babson  (3-3) 0 0 = 0

SCORING: T - Sara Gelb (Jen Baldwin) 22:08; Elizabeth Tooley (Abby Herzberg) 63:52.

SAVES: B, Katie McMackin 8; T, Meg McCourt 3.

SHOTS: B - 7; T - 21.

CORNER KICKS: B - 2; T - 10.

FOULS: B - 3; T - 6.

MEDFORD - The Tufts women's soccer team began a four-game homestand with a 2-0 win over the Beavers of Babson College on Tuesday.  Tufts controlled the game from start to finish with sophomore Sara Gelb (Hermosa Beach, CA) and senior Elizabeth Tooley (Syracuse, NY) netting their first goals of the season.

Coming off a huge win over nationally ranked Amherst on Saturday, the Jumbos were out to prove that they were a legitimate contender in the always tough NESCAC conference.  Coach Martha Whiting summed up the Amherst impact: "We were on a high, and it was important to prove, mostly to ourselves, that the Amherst game was not a fluke."

The Jumbos controlled from the start as junior speedster Jessica Trombly (Nashua, NH) had a shot in the first minute of the game that almost found its way past Babson keeper Katie McMackin (Needham, MA).  Dominating with 10 corner kicks to Babson's five, Tufts kept the pressure off goalie Meg McCourt (Rochester, NY) most of the afternoon.  McCourt made some outstanding saves early in the game before Gelb headed one home off a crisp cross from classmate Jen Baldwin (Medway, MA).

Babson's best chance came at 16:15 when freshman Ana Foley-Schain's (Manchester, CT) shot hit the post.  The ball was batted around loose in front before the Jumbo defense was able to clear it.

Another Trombly chance to start the second half was stopped by McMackin, but the Jumbos doubled their lead on a goal by  Tooley after a nice play by junior defender Abby Herzberg (Sebastopol, CA) in the 63rd minute.

McMackin finished the contest with eight saves while Jumbo sophomore goaltender  McCourt  finished with three. Tufts improves to 2-1 with the non-conference win, while the Beavers fall to even at 3-3.