Junior Alix Michael tied the score at 1-1 late in the first half

NEW LONDON, Conn. - Senior Audrey Almey (Portland, OR) buried a header 5:44 into the second half to lead the Tufts University women's soccer team to a 2-1 victory against Connecticut College Wednesday.

The Jumbos improve to 7-2-2 with a 5-1-1 record in the NESCAC. They move into first place with the win. The Camels fall to 4-4-3 and 0-4-3 in league play.

Junior Alix Michael (Mercer Island, WA) scored her third goal of the season in the win for the Jumbos. Connecticut College sophomore Ali McKeigue (Arlington, MA) netted her third marker of the season for the hosts.

Rookie netminder Kristin Wright (Austin, TX), the reigning NESCAC Player of the Week, made five saves in the victory for the visitors. Kirsten Manville (Fairfax, VA) stopped four shots for Connecticut College.

The Camels opened the scoring in the 36th minute of action. McKeigue was able to beat her defender at the left side and rifled home a 20-yard blast into the upper right portion of the netting.

However, Michael scored the equalizer with 1:18 remaining in the first half. Early on in the second stanza, the Jumbos took the lead for good in the 51st minute of play. Junior Jamie Love-Nichols (Cortez, CA) booted a corner kick from the right side to the center of the box and Almy re-directed it with a header that found the back of the net for the visitors.

The Camels had one last bid to tie the game in the 86th minute of action. McKeigue played a through ball ahead to Katelyn Driscoll (Peabody, MA). Driscoll broke free in a one-on-one situation, but Wright was able to make a diving stab to preserve the victory for the visitors.

Tufts will host Williams College this Saturday for an important NESCAC game beginning at  12:30 pm. The Camels will visit Colby College this Saturday for an 11:00 am NESCAC  tilt in Waterville, Maine.

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