BEVERLY – The Tufts women's soccer team faced off against non-conference opponent Endicott College on Wednesday night on the Hempstead Stadium Field. The Jumbos had their first three-goal game of the season as they defeated the Gulls 3-1.
|Elizabeth Reed scored twice in night contest against Endicott College|
With the win, the Jumbos improve to 6-2-3 overall and remain 4-1-2 in the New England Small College Athletic Conference. The Gulls move to 7-4-1 overall and are 4-0-1 in the Commonwealth Coast Conference.
The scoring started early for the Jumbos. Only 1:04 into the game, freshman forward Elizabeth Reed drove down the field, made a move around one Endicott defender and launched a shot from outside the box where the ball hit crossbar and went into the net to give the Jumbos an early 1-0 lead.
Later in the first half, the Jumbos had other opportunities to score. With 20:19 left on the clock in the first half, junior co-captain Emma Ranalli took a shot from nearly the same spot on the field where teammate Reed scored her goal and with nearly the same result, but Gull senior goalkeeper Shelby Elwell reached out and was able to knock the ball over the bar.
The Gulls answered back with their own goal later in the first half. An Endicott forward dribbled her way into the box where she was met by and fouled by a Jumbo defender which warranted a penalty kick. Junior Mary Verneris took the penalty kick and nailed it into the top right corner for her eighth goal of the season to tie the game 1-1. Endicott had an opportunity to take the lead right before the halftime break, with only 10 seconds left, as junior midfielder Sharlotte Pernice passed the ball down the field to freshman Gabriella Prisco who then gave it up quickly to Verneris who took the shot past two Jumbo defenders but it sailed just wide right of the net.
In the second half at the 52:48 mark, junior forward Alessandra Sadler dribbled down the right side of the field and crossed the ball into the middle where freshman forward Sophie Lloyd was waiting to knock in her sixth goal of the season to extend the Jumbo lead to 2-1. Ten minutes later at the 62:07 mark, Elwell came out of her position in an attempt to gather the ball but with no luck, and Jumbo forward Reed took advantage of an empty net and kicked the ball in for her second goal of the night making the Tufts lead 3-1.
At the 82:41 mark, Jumbo midfielder Ashley Latona received a yellow card as Tufts committed 11 fouls to Endicott's five. Tufts had the edge in shots 14-13 and in corner kicks 5-1.
Tufts junior goalkeeper Emily Bowers (6-2-3) had four saves in the victory and Endicott senior goalkeeper Shelby Elwell (6-2-1) also had four saves.
The Gulls will be facing off against Curry College on Saturday at 2 p.m. The Jumbos will be playing a NESCAC opponent on Saturday at Bates College at 12 p.m.
Written by Colin Mason, Athletic Communications Intern