Monday, November 15, 2004
Written by Lee Kellogg


MEDFORD -- Tufts Women's Soccer had a successful 2004 season, finishing 5-1-3 in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) to put them in third place overall.  Two of the team's major contributors were honored for their efforts.  Freshman center-midfielder Martha Furtek (East Falmouth, MA/Falmouth) and senior center-back Catherine Benedict (Millburn, NJ/Millburn) were named to the NESCAC All-Conference Second Team.  Although the credit for the Jumbos great season should be spread all around, these two stood out for their individual accomplishments.

Furtek's three goals and two assists put her at eight points for the year, placing her in a tie for first on the team in that category.  She took the third-most shots on the team with 38.  She was especially effective with her left-footed corner kicks, picking up two assists on corners and scoring directly on a corner kick in a 2-2 tie with Williams on October 23. She also had a goal against Trinity in conference play.

At center-midfield, Furtek's defensive play was equally important. Her quick pressure on the ball was key to preventing opponents from making offensive rushes. She proved to be an excellent all-around player in just her first season.

Benedict's final season as a Jumbo proved to be a good one.  A leader in the Tufts defensive end of the field, her success at thwarting opposing attackers earned her the spot on the All-Conference roster. Tufts allowed 1.16 goals per game this fall and posted four shutouts, including three against conference teams. 

Benedict also scored the first goal of her collegiate career on October 3 off a Furtek corner. She slipped a shot past Worcester State's keeper to put the Jumbos up 3-1 in the second half. It was her only goal in 57 career games for the Jumbos.

Tufts lost just one game in NESCAC regular-season play this fall, but they fell 1-0 to Williams in the first round of the conference tournament on October 31. The Jumbos were 7-4-3 overall. Head Coach Martha Whiting's team was ranked seventh in the final New England Division III poll.