Trinity Women's Soccer Scores Three First-Half Goals To Win At Tufts
Somerville, Mass. - The visiting Trinity College Bantams scored twice in the first seven minutes to remain undefeated with a 3-1 win against the Tufts University Jumbos in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) women's soccer action this afternoon on Kraft Field. Junior tri-captain Elisa Dolan (Bethesda, Md.) had a goal and an assist for Trinity. The Bantams, ranked No. 5 in New England, improved to 7-0 overall and remain alone atop the NESCAC at 5-0 in the conference with their eighth consecutive victory. Tufts, which saw its four-game winning streak end, dropped to 4-3 overall and 3-2 in the league.
Three minutes in, Trinity went up, 1-0, when first-year midfielder Laura Nee (Duxbury, Mass.) made a short corner-kick pass to Dolan at the edge of the box. Dolan blasted the ball into the top right of the net for her second goal of the season. Just four minutes later, junior forward Karyn Barrett (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) and sophomore forward Abbey Lake (Westport, Conn.) worked give-and-go action in the box for Lake's team-high fifth goal of the fall and Trinity took charge at 2-0.
Tufts kept charging and it payed off as they narrowed the margin to 2-1 in the 32nd minute. Junior Carla Kruyff lofted a 30-yard free kick into the upper left part of the net. The hosts had a good opportunity to tie it less than five minutes later as Katie Coyle had the ball at the top of the box, but was blocked at the last second. The Bantams reestablished their two-goal lead with under four minutes remaining until halftime. Dolan dribbled beautifully in the box and once the Tufts goalie commtted she gave an easy pass to first-year Andi Nicholson (Grafton, Mass.) for the goal. A busy first half saw 15 total shots, with nine by Trinity. The Bantams also had a 3-1 advantage in corners for the first 45.
The second half was much more defensive-oriented as only seven shots were taken, five by Trinity. They finished with a 14-8 count in shots overall. Sophomore goalie Monica DiFiori (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) made two saves to earn the victory for Trinity. Senior Kristin Wright also had two in the Tufts goal.