SOMERVILLE, Mass. - Tufts University scored a pair of goals in the first half and never looked back in a 5-0 win over the Keene State College women's soccer team on Sunday afternoon at Kraft Field.
- Keene State: 1-2-0
- Tufts: 3-0-0
How It Happened
The first 14 minutes of the opening half did not see much action from either side, but Tufts was off to the races after creatively converting a free kick opportunity in the 16th minute. Lily Sykes was fouled about 22 yards away and, on the ensuing chance, waited for the wall to jump before sliding a pass underneath and to the foot of Sophie Lloyd, who converted to put Tufts in front. The Jumbos had several chances to widen the lead a short time thereafter, but KSC goalkeeper Shelby Offord made a trio of saves to keep it a 1-0 game. However, Tufts eventually cashed in again, doubling their lead at the 32:32 mark when Sarah Grubman fed Izzy Moore for a goal.
Leading 2-0 at halftime, the Jumbos put the game away for good by finding the back of the net twice within the first 13 minutes of the second half. Liz Reed scored from Paige Vigliotta and Lloyd just 1:55 in, and Lloyd scored her second of the game from Reed about 12 minutes later, giving Tufts a 4-0 lead in the 57th minute.
The Owls were unable to generate much, as a shot from Alyssa Wilcox was wide in the 47th minute and Katie Bottis' was high in the 70th minute. The Jumbos set the final margin with a goal from Hannah Isenhart with a little over six minutes remaining.
Offord (1-1) played the entire game in net for the Owls, making eight stops. Tufts goalie Emily Bowers was not called upon to make a save, improving to 3-0.
Inside the Box
- The Jumbos had 13 shots on goal in the game and held Keene State without one. Tufts also had five corner kicks.
- The game, which was the home opener for the Jumbos, was the first meeting between the two programs since September 14, 2011. Tufts leads the all-time series 7-3-1.
- The Jumbos have yet to allow a goal this season and are outscoring their opponents 11-0.
- Keene State visits Framingham State University on Wednesday, September 12 for a 4:30 pm start.
- Tufts will entertain fellow NESCAC opponent Wesleyan University on the same day at 6:30 pm in the second of seven straight games at home.