|It didin't take long in today's game for Anya
Kaufman to score her first college goal
SOMERVILLE - First year Anya Kaufman (Evergreen, CO) scored the first goal of her college career just moments after entering as a substitute in the first half, and it stood up for a 1-0 Tufts Univeristy victory over Endicott College in a well-played non-league women's soccer game at Kraft Field Monday afternoon.
Sophomore Jenna Castellot (Newton, MA) initiated the goal with a burst of speed toward the left post. She passed to Kaufman in the middle, and her shot snuck inside the right post in the 33rd minute.
Both teams had plenty of offensive opportunities in each half, with the first 45 minutes featuring more open play. Prior to the goal, Tufts junior Alix Michael (Mercer Island, WA) got off a shot that Endicott first year keeper Natalie Wyrsch (Dover, NH) reached to save. Later in the half, an Endicott shot by Cheyenne Harris (Bernardsville, NJ) hit the crossbar.
The best chance of the second half came midway through the period off the foot of Endicott sophomore Vanessa Caruccio (Winthrop, MA). Following a Tufts turnover in their own end, Caruccio's dribbled and delivered a solid shot that was saved by Jumbo first year goalie Kristin Wright (Austin, TX) to preserve the lead. For Tufts, first year Maeve Stewart (Palo Alto, CA) later hit the post with a soft shot.
The win was the fourth in a row for Tufts, and stretched their unbeaten streak to five games. The current run is the best by the Jumbos since they opened 2008 with five consecutive victories. Endicott's eight-game winning streak came to an end, and the Gulls (10-3-1) were shut out for just the second time this fall.
The Jumbos finished with a 13-10 advantage in shots, while Endicott took two corner kicks to one for Tufts. Wyrsch finished with five saves for the Gulls. Tufts starter Phoebe Hanley (Mamaroneck, NY) earned the win and made three saves, while Wright blocked two.
Tufts continues its NESCAC schedule on Saturday (Oct. 16) when they travel to Trinity College for a noon match. Endicott is back in action on Wednesday (Oct. 13) hosting Curry at 3:30 pm.