|First year Maeve
Stewart had three of Tufts' 14 shots on goal
MEDFORD - The Tufts University women's soccer team stopped a four-game winless streak by controlling play against Babson College on Wednesday afternoon at Kraft Field and coming away with a 1-0 victory.
The Jumbos finished with a 31-5 advantage in shots, including 14-1 on goal. Tufts forced Babson junior goalkeeper Lisa Wojnar (Bellaire, TX) to make 13 saves. The Jumbos also had an 11-4 margin in corner kicks.
Wojnar made five saves in the first half, with the best coming late after Tufts first year Anya Kaufman (Evergreen, CO) crossed the ball to classmate Sophie Wojtasinski (Duxbury, MA). Wojnar was there to make the save and the game went to halftime scoreless. The Jumbos were up 12-3 in shots for the first 45 minutes. Sophomore starting goalie Phoebe Hanley (Mamaroneck, NY) made one save for Tufts in the first half on Babson's Annie Kenney (Weston, MA).
Tufts had their most sustained pressure early in the second half, and it would eventually lead to their goal. The Jumbos had three corners in the first five minutes and shots close-in by senior Sarah Nolet (Los Altos, CA) and junior Cleo Hirsch (Hull, MA) were saved by Wojnar.
Ten minutes into the half, the Jumbos broke through when junior Jamie Love-Nichols (Cortez, CO) took a pass by Wojtasinski from the midfield and kicked it in under the crossbar for a 1-0 Tufts lead. The goal was just the second scored against the Beavers in their last eight games.
Babson would get its best chance of the game to tie it when a cross to senior Ellen McCurdy (Weston, MA) was headed just high with 11 minutes remaining. Tufts was able able to close out the victory, with first-year goalie Kristin Wright (Austin, TX) earning her first collegiate win without having to make a save.
Leading the offensive opportunities for Tufts was first year Maeve Stewart (Palo Alto, CA), who put three shots on goal.
The Jumbos, who had been 0-2-2 since a 3-0 win against Middlebury to open the season on September 11, host their Homecoming Game against Bates College on Saturday at noon. Babson plays a NEWMAC game at WPI on Saturday at 6 pm.