Medford, Mass. - A pair of second half goals was the difference as the Tufts University Jumbos came away with a 2-0 victory over the Trinity College Bantams on Sunday in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) women's soccer action at Kraft Field in Medford. Trinity falls to 1-4 overall and 0-3 in NESCAC play while the Jumbos remain undefeated at 3-0-2 and 2-0-2 in conference action.
The first half was an even battle as neither team had many opportunities to score. Both squads started off strong as their defenses kept the ball in the middle of the field.
In the second half, Tufts came out aggressive as they pressed the attack. Only 4:28 into the second half, the Jumbos struck first as Tally Clark (Seattle, Wash.) launched a pass from the corner of the box into the zone in front of the net where Sophie Lloyd (Los Altos, Calif.) headed into the back of the net. Only three minutes after the first Jumbo goal, Elizabeth Reed (Lynnfield, Mass.) forwarded a low pass down the middle of the field to Alessandra Sadler (Atkinson, N.H.) who dribbled past Bantam senior captain goalkeeper Julia Pitino (Littleton, Mass.) for the score.
Trinity managed to come close with a couple of scoring opportunities off the foot of sophomore midfielder Rhone O'Hara (Woodstock, Conn.) who missed wide left at the 30:43 mark in the second half. Another close opportunity came with only 1:11 left in the game when sophomore midfielder Tricia Pollock (Beverly, Mass.) attempted to beat Jumbo goalkeeper to a ball that was served into the middle of the box, yet Bowers aggressively left her position in the front of the net to jump on the ball to preserve the shutout.
Tufts goalkeeper Emily Bowers (Needham, Mass.) finished the game with three saves in her third win of the year while Pitino finished with four stops. The Jumbos outshot the Bantams 12-5 and led the corner kicks 7-3.
Trinity returns to action on Tuesday for a 6:30 p.m. match at Emerson College.