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Tufts 2 Wesleyan 0

At Somerville, MA
Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Game Box Score

SOMERVILLE – Rounding into form offensively, the Tufts women's soccer team scored a goal in each half and dominated play during a 2-0 victory over Wesleyan University in a NESCAC match on Tuesday at Kraft Field. The win was the Jumbos' fifth in a row and stretched their undefeated streak to six games.

Tufts and Wesleyan entered the match tied for fourth place in NESCAC. The Cardinals had stunned the Jumbos last fall, 1-0, for their only conference victory. The Jumbos got their revenge today, improving to 5-2-2 overall and 3-1-2 in NESCAC. Wesleyan fell to 5-5 overall and 3-3 NESCAC.

The Jumbos had 14 shots at the Cardinal cage in the first half, including several quality chances. They struck first in the 14th minute when freshman Whitney Hardy (Truckee, CA) ran up to a cross from junior Lauren Fedore (East Lansing, MI) and scored her first collegiate goal.

Meanwhile, the Tufts defense was locking down Wesleyan. The Cardinals did get a good bid from sophomore Marissa Trevisan (Brookline, MA) that was saved by Jumbo keeper Annie Ross (Newton, MA), but it was one of just two shots in the first half for Wesleyan.

Junior Martha Furtek (East Falmouth, MA) and freshman Fanna Gamal (Albany, CA), two other key components to the Tufts attack, combined for the second Tufts score. On a rush, Furtek fed a ball to Gamal on the left side and her shot to the far post easily eluded Wesleyan keeper Gavi Elkind (San Francisco, CA) in the 53rd minute.

Both teams substituted generously with the game still 20 minutes to go, but Tufts clearly in charge. They would finish with a 23-6 advantage in shots. Elkind played a good first half and finished with nine saves, eight in the first 45. Andrea Giuliano (Wethersfield, CT) replaced her for the last 17.

Ross recorded her fourth shutout of the year and 13th of her career with three saves. The Jumbos, who scored one goal in their first three games, have seven in their last three contests.