WOMEN'S SOCCER AND WESLEYAN PLAY TO 1-1 NESCAC TIE

First-year keeper Kristin Wright did not allow a goal in 65 minutes of play

SOMERVILLE - On an unseasonably warm fall day, the Tufts University Jumbos out-shot the Wesleyan University Cardinals, 22-12, but had to settle for a 1-1 draw in NESCAC women's soccer action on Saturday afternoon at Kraft Field.

The Cardinals struck early at just 56 seconds into the match when a bouncing ball in the box was deposited into the back of the net by sophomore Laura Kurash (Voorhees, NJ). Kurash leads Wesleyan with four goals for the season. Wesleyan held the 1-0 advantage into halftime.

Tufts had a solid chance to tie in the 32nd minute of the half. Junior Lauren O'Connor (Dudley, MA) had a shot blocked that almost found its way to an open Jumbo, but the Cardinal defense was able to clear it from the goal line at the last moment.

Tufts forced Wesleyan keeper Clare Colton (Montclair, NJ), to make two saves in the first half as the Jumbos let off 10 shots while the Cardinals only had three. Sophomore Phoebe Hanley (Mamaroneck, NY) was credited for one save to go along with the goal allowed in the first half.

The Jumbos did not wait long in the second half to even the score up. In the seventh minute of the half, junior Alix Michael (Mercer Island, WA) took a loose ball in front of the net and scored her second of the season, an unassisted tally.

The action continued to stay in the favor of the Jumbos, but neither team could break through during the rest of regulation. Colton made two more saves in regulation and overtime for the Cardinals, while first-year Kristin Wright (Austin, TX) entered the net for the Jumbos in the second half, picking up four saves. Neither team had a good opportunity to take the win in the extra time as mid-field play dominated the 20 minutes.

With the tie, Tufts remains at .500 in the NESCAC at 1-1-1, while holding a 1-2-2 overall mark. Wesleyan has yet to earn a decision in its first three NESCAC matches, now standing at 0-0-3 and 1-1-3 overall.

The Jumbos return to non-league play on Wednesday with a 4 pm home match against Babson. Wesleyan will take on in-state foe Western Connecticut at home on Tuesday.

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