Tufts 3              Trinity 2

At Medford, MA
Saturday, October 15, 2005

Trinity (3-6-1, 1-5 NESCAC)  





Tufts (9-1, 5-1 NESCAC)  





Scoring: Tu, Lydia Claudio (penalty kick) 26:00; Tr, Devin Nwanagu (unassisted) 43:00; Tu, Ariel Samuelson (Jessie Wagner) 54:00; Tu, Samuelson (Jen Fratto) 59:00; Tr, Nwanagu (unassisted) 78:00

Goalkeeping: Tu, Annie Ross (90:00 2 GA) 1 save; Tr, Tara Finucane (90:00 3 GA) 2 saves.

Shots: Tu, 11; Tr, 3.

Corner Kicks: Tu, 7; Tr, 0.

MEDFORD The Tufts University women's soccer team held off Trinity College, 3-2, on Saturday and posted its ninth consecutive victory to set a new school record. The 2005 Jumbos replaced the 1979 team's eight-game winning streak in the record book. The win came on Homecoming Day/Parents' Weekend at Tufts.

Senior tri-captain Ariel Samuelson (Newton, MA) scored two goals to lead Tufts (9-1, 5-1) to the NESCAC win at Bello Field. The Jumbos are ranked sixth nationally and first in New England. Despite its ninth place standing in the conference, Trinity (3-6-1, 1-5) put up a good fight as freshman Devin Nwanagu (Westborough, MA) scored two goals.

The Jumbos scored first on a penalty kick after senior tri-captain Lindsay Garmirian (Amherst, MA) was taken down after beating a Trinity defender. Senior Lydia Claudio (Woburn, MA0 scored on the kick for a 1-0 Tufts lead in the 26th minute. The Bantams were able to even the score at 1-1 late in the half when Nwanagu scored her first of the game, slotting the ball inside the far post.

Samuelson, whose two goals gave her 10 on the season, which is the best Tufts total since 2000, took a long serve from sophomore Jesse Wagner (Sudbury, MA) at the top of the box and scored for a 2-1 lead in the 54th minute. Five minutes later, she scored again, spinning with a defender on her back to score into an open net after Trinity keeper Tara Finucane (Branford, CT) had come out of the net on the play.

Nwangu made it interesting when her shot from the top of the 18 dropped over Tufts keeper Annie Ross' (Newton, MA) head for a 3-2 score late in the game. The goal gave her seven for the season. It marked the first time in eight games a team had scored more than one goal against the Jumbos.

Played in a driving rain, the game featured Tufts had an 11-3 advantage in shots while preventing any Trinity corner kicks and earning seven for themselves. Ross finished with one save for Tufts and Finucane had two in the Trinity goal.