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Tufts 1, Wesleyan 0

At Middletown, CT
Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Game Box Score

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. -- The Tufts women's soccer team kept its NESCAC record unblemished and tied Williams College for the conference lead by defeating Wesleyan, 1-0, on the road this afternoon. Sophomore Cara Cadigan (Nahant, MA) got the game's lone goal, her 11th of the season, in the 73rd minute to break the deadlock.

The win is the eighth in a row for Tufts, which improved to 9-1 overall and 6-0 in the league. They are two shy of the program's record for consecutive wins, 10 set in 2005. Wesleyan dropped to 2-8 overall and 1-5 in NESCAC.

Senior co-captain Martha Furtek (East Falmouth, MA) picked up a loose ball in the midfield and fed ahead to Cadigan just past the outer edge of the center circle. Cadigan did the rest as she kept the Wesleyan defense behind her for more than 30 yards, drew out Wesleyan goalie junior Andrea Giuliano and chipped the ball into the right-hand portion of the net. It was the eighth game in a row that the current NESCAC Player of the Week Cadigan has scored a goal.

Wesleyan did its best to repel the constant attack of the Tufts offense as Giuliano collected eight saves and collared numerous other loose balls in the box. Three minutes before Cadigan's goal, Furtek rang a shot off the crossbar for what was, at the time, Tufts' best scoring chance behind its 19-3 edge in shots at goal. Wesleyan did not get a shot on goal in the contest, leaving Tufts netminder sophomore Kate Minnehan (Hopkinton, NH) without a save.

Tufts came into the game ranked third in New England Division III and 16th nationally. It was Wesleyan's third 1-0 loss to a top-25 team (Williams, ranked sixth and Western Connecticut, ranked 18th). All eight of Wesleyan's losses this year have been of the one-goal variety. Tufts is now 18-6-4 all-time versus Wesleyan and has won seven of the last eight meetings.