All-American candidate Sarah Nolet helped Tufts earn another shutout

SOMERVILLE -- On a cold and blustery afternoon, the Tufts University Jumbos stood up with strong defense yet again, and played the #13 Williams College Ephs to a draw, 0-0, in NESCAC women's soccer action on Saturday at Kraft Field. The two teams are both among the top half of the NESCAC standings.

First year keeper Kristin Wright (Austin, TX) was fantastic for Tufts, recording nine saves in the contest. In the 32nd minute, she made a strong save moving to her left, stopping Williams senior Annelise Snyder's (Ashby, MA) shot. Later in the half, junior Brett Eisenhart (Seattle, WA) missed on a header wide for the Ephs.

The Tufts offense could only muster two shots in the first half, with neither of them being on net. Things did pick up in the second half, as they forced Williams senior keeper Julia Schreiber (Cockeysville, MD) to make some saves after she relieved sophomore Laura Wann (Palos Verdes, CA) at halftime.

The Jumbo defense was led by senior co-captain Sarah Nolet (Los Altos, CA), who also managed a hard shot on goal in the second half. Wright made two of her nine saves in the overtime sessions, while the Tufts offense was held back by an equally strong defensive effort by the Ephs.

Wright has allowed just three goals and has made 37 saves on the season. The Jumbos as a team have allowed only six markers all year, and just two over the last eight contests, in which they are unbeaten.

Tufts entered today in first place in the NESCAC and with the tie saw their record go to 5-1-2. They will have a chance for the #1 seed in the NESCAC tournament when they host Bowdoin next Friday at 3 pm. The Jumbos are 7-2-3 overall. The Ephs hold their spot in third place with the draw, going to 4-2-2 in the conference and 8-3-2 overall. They finish out their season on Friday with home match against Middlebury at 2 pm.

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