Women’s soccer stumbles against NESCAC foe No. 13/13 Tufts

Photo by Josh McKee
Photo by Josh McKee

Nationally ranked No. 13/13 Tufts University scored all of its goals in the first half and the Jumbos posted a 3-0 NESCAC win against the Hamilton College Continentals on Sunday at Hamilton's Love Field.

Hamilton (8-3-1, 4-3-1 NESCAC) was shut out for only the second time this season and had its unbeaten streak snapped at seven matches. The Continentals are ranked eighth in the New England Region by the United Soccer Coaches and the Jumbos are third.

Tufts (10-1-1, 6-1-0) has won five straight contests and is unbeaten in its last 10 games since falling to Williams College 2-1 on Sept. 7.

Lily Sykes scored the eventual game-winner 2:43 after the opening kickoff. Sophie Lloyd lofted a cross out of the right corner to the goal area. The Hamilton defense attempted to clear the ball out of danger but the ball landed on Sykes' foot at the top of the box and she fired a shot past the reach of Rachel Pike '21 (6 saves) and into the upper-left corner.

Cat Gambino '21 nearly tied the score after she received a short cross from Caroline Dawson '23 along the end line in the seventh minute. Gambino one-touched the pass towards the lower-left corner but Hayley Bernstein (6 saves) gobbled up the shot.

The Jumbos doubled their lead at 11:45 when Liz Reed controlled the ball outside Hamilton's box and sent a forwarding pass to Jenna Troccoli who tucked the shot inside the right post. Hannah Isenhart finished the scoring less than two minutes later with her first goal of the season.

Hamilton's best scoring chance in the second half came with 7:28 left. Hyla Mosher '23 maneuvered the ball along the outside of Tufts' box and passed across to a charging Dawson. Dawson ripped a shot right at Bernstein and the first-year goalkeeper covered up the rebound just before Dawson managed to get a foot on the ball.

The Continentals host Wesleyan University on Saturday, Oct. 19 for a NESCAC match at 11 a.m.