Women's Soccer Picks Up 2-1 Win Over Emerson in Home Opener

MEDFORD- On a cloudy afternoon on Bello Field, the Tufts women's soccer team scored twice in the second half to defeat their first opponent the Emerson College Lions 2-1.

Tally Clark scored her first collegiate goal on Wednesday

The Jumbos controlled the possession battle with multiple scoring opportunities throughout the game but neither team could score in the first half as the defense prevailed on both sides. Tufts senior forward Margaret Zahrah was involved in a couple of opportunities in the first half with a blocked shot by Lions goal keeper senior Laura Gartelman who made two stellar blocks in the box.

In the 68th minute of the game, senior forward Mariah Harvey-Brown scored her first goal of the season on a give and go pass with freshman Elizabeth Reed to end the back and forth endless tie. Less than two minutes later, junior forward Alessandra Sadler crossed a ball across the field to sophomore Tally Clark who punched in her first goal of the season to extend the lead to 2-0.

Lions forward Paige Haley scored on an assist by junior Jess Frost with less than one minute left in the game to settle the score at 2-1.

The Jumbos poured on the pressure in the second half putting up 12 shots compared to the Lions two shots. They also held the edge in corner kicks with nine to the Lions five.

The Tufts defense, led by junior Taylor Koscho and sophomore Sarah Maloney, stayed strong over the course of the game keeping the ball on the Lions half of the field.

The Tufts goal keeper, junior Emily Bowers, saved one of two scoring opportunities from the Lions to bring her record to 1-0. The Lions goal keeper responded to the Jumbo pressure by saving six shots on goal.

Emerson College will play again on Saturday at Wesleyan at 12 pm. The Tufts women's soccer team will play again on Saturday at Kraft Field at 1 pm against Colby College.

Written by Colin Mason, Athletic Communications Intern