MEDFORD – Sophomore Claire Foley scored a first-quarter goal and the fifth-ranked Tufts University field hockey team made it stand for a 1-0 NESCAC victory over #20 Trinity College on Saturday afternoon at Ounjian Field.
|Clair Foley's fourth goal was the game-winner for the Jumbos.|
The Jumbos improved to 7-2 overall and 4-1 in the league while the Bantams fell to 5-4 and 1-4 NESCAC. The victory is the sixth in a row for Tufts over Trinity dating back to 2015.
Tufts had the first few shots on goal that were saved by Trinity freshman Emma Cropper. Trinity had a dangerous chance when junior Kendall Brown stumbled through the Jumbo defensive line and was in on Tufts sophomore keeper Andie Stallman, but the Jumbo goalie was able to kick the ball away before Brown could get a shot off.
The Jumbos would get on the scoreboard soon after that. Trinity couldn't clear their end, with Jumbo senior Marguerite Salamone working had to gain possession. She sent the ball to sophomore Gillian Roeca outside the top right corner of the circle. Roeca beat a defender and zipped a pass left to Foley who was crashing the net. Foley knocked it in for her fourth goal of the year with 5:48 on the first-quarter clock.
Both defenses would continue to limit scoring opportunities. The game did not see its first penalty corner until one minute into the third quarter by Tufts. Trinity would receive their only corner of the game with 1:44 left in the third.
Trinity's Caroline Munn was given a green card four minutes into the fourth quarter, but Tufts could not take advantage.
The Jumbos would have to withstand strong pressure by Trinity in the fourth. Bantams Caelin Flaherty and Caroline Curtin had a two-on-one, with Flaherty sending the ball to Curtin in front of the goal. However, Stallman rushed out to meet the attempt and make a save. Then again later in the period Curtin was positioned in front of the net and took a long pass that she tipped up and just wide right with under three minutes remaining in regulation.
Tufts finished with advantages of 9-4 in shots and 3-1 on corners. Cropper made five saves in the Trinity net, while Stallman stopped two shots for Tufts in earning her second shutout of the season (10th career).
The Jumbos are on the road for the next three games, starting next Saturday at Amherst. Trinity plays again tomorrow at Bates with a noon start.