AMHERST - Junior forwards Liz Reed and Sophie Lloyd each tallied a goal in the second half to help the Tufts University women's soccer team beat Amherst College, 2-1, in NESCAC action on Saturday afternoon at Hitchcock Field.
The Jumbos improve to 9-1-1 on the season and 5-1-0 in conference play, while the Mammoths move to 6-3-1 on the season and 2-3-1 in conference. Tufts, ranked 13th in the United Soccer Coaches DIII poll, is now unbeaten (8-0-1) in nine straight games.
|Junior Liz Reed scored the game-winning goal for Tufts.|
Reed netted the game-winning goal in the 66th minute on a beautiful assist from Lloyd to give the Jumbos the 2-1 advantage. Lloyd found herself with the ball just outside of the penalty arc and connected with Reed who was cutting through the middle of the goal area. Reed chipped the ball past the Amherst goalkeeper to the inside of the right post for the score.
Just 23 seconds earlier, the Jumbos had evened the score at 1-1 off of the foot of Lloyd. When Amherst attempted to clear the ball out of their defensive zone, a strong Tufts offensive presence kept the ball in play. Freshman midfielder Madeleine Pero corralled the ball in the center of the attacking zone and then found a wide-open Lloyd who had slipped through the Amherst backline.
The second half was dominated by the Jumbos who outshot their opponent 14-7 in that period alone. Senior Jenna Troccoli and sophomore Kylie Metcalf combined for five shots in the seocnd half, and the Jumbos saw numerous scoring chances with six corner kick opportunities in the second half. They held Amherst to three corner opportunities in the final 45 minutes of play.
Amherst had started the scoring off in the first half after a Tufts foul resulted in a penalty shot goal by sophomore forward Alexa Juarez.
The Jumbo defense locked down from that point and did not allow any strong opportunities for the Amherst offense. The hosts were able to have a final scoring opportunity as a long ball was sent towards the net in a last-minute effort to tie the score, but junior Claire Nam fired a shot wide of the net. From there, the Jumbos would play the clock and bleed time until the final horn to walk away with a 2-1 victory.
Freshman goalkeeper Hayley Bernstein earned the win for Tufts, making three saves on four shots on goal. Her counterpart, Antonia Tammaro, made seven saves on nine shots on goal through 80 minutes of play for Amherst. In relief, senior Erica Sanders made two saves in the final ten minutes of play for the Mammoths. The Jumbos nearly doubled up Amherst in total shots (23-12) and did double the Mammoths up in corners (8-4).
Tufts is right back in action tomorrow at Hamilton. They are scheduled to start at 11 am. Amherst hosts Springfield College on Monday. They are slated to start at 4 pm.