CLINTON – Tufts women's soccer defeated Hamilton College 2-0 at Love Field on Sunday in a New England Small College Athletic Conference match-up.
|Junior Sarah Grubman scored her first goal of the season|
With the NESCAC victory, the Jumbos improve to 5-2-3 overall and 4-1-2 in the conference. The Continentals move to 5-4-2 overall and fall to 2-4-2 in the NESCAC.
The Jumbos rallied together to score both of their goals in the first half. Junior midfielder Sarah Grubman redirected a corner kick by senior midfielder Chandler Quintin past the hands of Hamilton senior goalkeeper Emily Dumont at the 10:26 mark. This was Grubman's first goal of the season and was the game-winner. As the seconds ticked off the clock at the end of the first half, senior midfielder Margaret Zahrah tucked the ball inside the left post off a cross from freshman midfielder Hannah Isenhart for the Jumbos' second goal. Tufts controlled the ball and outshot Hamilton 11-2 in the first half.
The Continentals turned on the offensive pressure and outshot the Jumbos 7-0 in the second half. Sophomore Alex Fontana had a chance to put Hamilton on the scoreboard in the 86th minute of the game. Senior Darby Philbrick passed the ball to Fontana at the top of the penalty box and she ripped a shot, but the ball was deflected off a Tufts defender and went wide of the net.
Three minutes later, senior Katie Kreider worked her way through two Jumbo defenders in the right corner of the field and crossed the ball in front of Tufts goalkeeper Emily Bowers. Senior Katja Dunlap was in position to put the ball away, but a Jumbo defender blocked the attempt to preserve the shutout victory.
The Jumbos outshot the Continentals 11-9 and had the advantage in corner kicks 11-5 overall. Tufts committed six fouls and Hamilton committed four.
The Continental goalkeeper Emily Dumont (5-4-2) made two saves and Jumbo junior goalkeeper Emily Bowers (5-2-3) made two saves in her fourth shutout victory of the season.
Hamilton College will be visiting Utica College on Wednesday for a 6 p.m. non-conference game. The Jumbos will be playing again on Wednesday at Endicott College at 7 p.m.
Parts of this release courtesy of Hamilton College
Written by Colin Mason, Athletic Communications Intern