SOMERVILLE- The Tufts University women's soccer team finished with a 0-0 tie against conference opponent Colby College on Saturday at Kraft Field. The back-and-forth offensive game led to multiple scoring opportunities for both sides with no luck of putting the ball in the back of the net.
|Junior goalkeeper Emily Bowers makes leaping save in 0-0 tie in NESCAC opener|
The Jumbos move to 1-0-1 overall and 0-0-1 in NESCAC play while the Mules finished their first game to set their record to 0-0-1.
Colby College had multiple opportunities to score late in regulation. With just over 16 minutes left in the second half, Laura Arnold headed a ball towards the goal deep into the box where Katherine Gillespie rocketed a shot missing high.
The Jumbos had their late game opportunities as well with crosses coming in from both directions from junior forward Alex Aronson, sophomore midfielder Jenna Troccoli, freshman forward Elizabeth Reed, and junior captain Emma Ranalli. With only 1:32 left in the first overtime period, junior forward Alessandra Sadler crossed the ball to sophomore Tally Clark in front of the net for a last-minute attempt to break the scoreless tie. Clark's shot barely missed high of the goal.
As the seconds ticked off the clock in the second overtime period, the Tufts offense put together one last attack with great action in front of the Colby goal. However, the strong Mules defense resisted and earned the draw.
The Jumbos outshot the Mules today 20-8, but lost the corner kick battle 5-4. Freshman Sophie Lloyd paced the Jumbos with five shots including three that she put on goal. Freshman forward Sarah Lofstrom led the Mules offense with four shots, two of which were on goal.
Junior goalkeeper Emily Bowers had three saves for the Jumbos including a leaping one-handed save, rejecting a solid shot off the foot of Maloney in the first overtime period. Sophomore goalkeeper Dani Lonati saved a career-high 13 shots keeping the relentless Tufts offense off of the scoreboard.
Colby College will play again at home tomorrow against Husson at 1 p.m. The Jumbos will be playing Wesleyan on the road for their second conference match-up of the season on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.
Written by Colin Mason, Athletic Communications Intern