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Tufts 1 Williams 0

At Somerville, MA
Saturday, October 21, 2006

Game Box Score

SOMERVILLE – With the Tufts and Williams women's soccer teams entering their match on Saturday in a dead tie for second place in the NESCAC standings, it was a penalty kick by Jumbo junior Joelle Emery (Bedford, NH) early in the second half that decided the outcome in Tufts' favor, 1-0.

The victory gave Tufts (7-3-2, 5-1-2 NESCAC) sole possession of second place and dropped Williams (8-2-3, 4-2-2) to fourth place entering the final week of the regular season. After their worst defensive effort since 1992 in allowing five goals in a loss at Keene State on Wednesday, the Jumbos shored up and submitted their fifth shutout of the season.

In the first half, both teams had opportunities. With a nice spin, sophomore Gabrielle Woodson (Plano, TX) nearly gave Williams the lead after her shot missed over the net with 13:00 to go until halftime. For the Jumbos, senior Kim Harrington (Helena, MT) clanked the right post minutes later with a tailing kick from the left side.

In the second half, the Jumbos out-shot the Ephs 5-3. But the shot that mattered most was Emery's penalty shot, which proved to be the difference maker barely three minutes into the half. The kick was awarded after Jessie Wagner (Sudbury, MA) was taken down in the box.

The Jumbos held strong after that, receiving strong all-around performances by juniors Martha Furtek (East Falmouth, MA) and Lauren Fedore (East Lansing, MI), who applied consistent pressure to the Ephs' defense. Freshman Whitney Hardy (Truckee, CA) also gave a good performance on offense with two near misses in the game. Ana Sani (Scarsdale, NY) led the Ephs offensively with two shots.

Tufts senior tri-captain Annie Ross (Newton, MA) and Williams freshman Lauren Sinnenberg (Westfield, NJ) both finished with four saves in goal.