MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – In the recent past, Wesleyan University and Tufts women's soccer games have been close, low-scoring matchups, as Tuesday afternoon continued the tradition with the Jumbos claiming a 1-0 victory during a back-and-forth affair at Jackson Field in Middletown, Conn.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Sophomore midfielder Sarah Maloney picked a great time to score her first collegiate goal for the Jumbos (2-0-1, 1-0-1 NESCAC), as she netted the game-winning tally in the 58th minute with a bullet into the back of the net directly off a corner kick from the left side by junior midfielder Emma Ranalli.
- The Cardinals (2-1-0, 0-1-0 NESCAC) had their fair share of opportunities throughout the contest, most notably in the 52nd minute. Junior captain Lauren Goetzman placed a ball into space for junior forward Mo Nelson, who was breaking down the middle of the pitch, and then Nelson sent a lead pass to junior forward Liz Young. Young corralled the ball and drove a shot just wide of the left post.
- Goetzman nearly evened the score in the 83rd minute with a drive from just outside the box, but the rocket went barely over the crossbar.
- Junior back Alessandra Sadler appeared ready to open the scoring in the 21st minute, but the Atkinson, N.H. native's drive from the edge of the box connected with the bar. With 15 minutes remaining in the first half, Wesleyan sophomore goalkeeper Zoe Cassels-Brown (1-1-0) made an aggressive move out of her net, breaking up a 2-on-1, featuring senior midfielder Margaret Zahrah and freshman midfielder Sophie Lloyd.
- On two occasions in the second half, a Cardinal, who was the last line of defense in the box stepped up with a critical team save. In the 61st minute, junior defender Kayla O'Brien stopped a shot by Sadler heading for the back of the net and in the 65th minute, sophomore defender Mackenzie Mitchell ran to the edge of the goal and stopped a drive by freshman forward Elizabeth Reed.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- This contest marks the 10th straight meeting between Wesleyan and Tufts that has resulted in either a draw or a one-goal victory for one of the programs.
- Cassels-Brown and Jumbos junior goalkeeper Emily Bowers (2-0-1) each made four saves, while the Jumbos held a 7-3 advantage in corner kicks.
- Tufts compiled 15 shots and Wesleyan fired 11, with each team being guilty of six fouls.
- Young posted a game-high four shots for the hosts. Reed and Sadler each chipped in with a trio for the visitors, as both sent two on target.
- The Cardinals will look to get back in the win column on Saturday with a noon matchup against Bowdoin in Brunswick, Maine.