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Tufts 3, Babson 0

At Somerville, MA
Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Game Statistics

Junior Ali Maxwell scored the first Tufts goal

SOMERVILLE -- The Tufts University women's soccer team matched its best start since 1998, and matched the program's record for consecutive shutouts to start a season, by posting a 3-0 win against Babson College on Kraft Field Tuesday. The team's 5-0 start is the best since 1998. They have not been scored upon yet this season, joining the 1996 squad as the only Tufts teams to record five shutouts to start a season. Babson dropped to 5-3-3.

The Jumbos also had their most productive offensive game of the season with three goals. They got on the scoreboard in the 26th minute when junior Ali Maxwell (Exeter, NH) scored her first of the season. Sophomore Sarah Nolet (Los Altos, CA), the current New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Player of the Week, assisted on the goal. Nolet then scored the second Jumbo goal less than nine minutes later for a 2-0 lead. She has now scored in three straight games for Tufts.

Heading into the second half of play, Tufts didn't give Babson a chance to establish any momentum. Junior Fanna Gamal (Albany, CA) scored her first of the year barely two minutes into the second half for a comfortable 3-0 Tufts margin.

Babson put a good amount of pressure on the Tufts goal in both halves, finishing with 15 shots (nine in the second half). They got three each from sophomore Patty Pytlik (Wellesley, MA), senior tri-captain Shir Castel (Boston, MA) and first-year Annie Kenney (Weston, MA). Tufts goalkeepers Kate Minnehan (Hopkinton, NH) and Hannah Jacobs (Mill Valley, CA) combined to make eight saves, including five by Jacobs in the second half. It was the most saves by the Tufts keepers during the shutout streak. Babson's Kristy Benoit (Shrewsbury, MA) finished with six stops.

Tufts finished with a slim 16-15 margin in shots, and both teams attempted three corner kicks apiece. The victory is the fifth in a row for Tufts over Babson, dating back to 2001.

The Jumbos travel to Amherst College for a NESCAC game at noon on Saturday (Oct. 4). Babson hosts a NEWMAC contest against Smith on Saturday.