Courtesy of Tufts Sports Information
MEDFORD, Mass. - The fourth-seeded Tufts Jumbos defeated No. 5 Wesleyan, 2-0, behind two goals from sophomore Liz Reed in the quarterfinal round of the NESCAC Women's Soccer Championship.
In the 25th minute, Reed found herself breaking away from the Cardinal defense. With just the goalie to beat, Reed kept the shot low, and wrapped it just inside the left post, despite an aggressive charge from the goalkeeper.
The second half showcased tough defense and hustle from a Jumbo squad that is eager to make it back to the NESCAC Championship game. Early pressure out of the break would pay off once again for Reed, who made a straight-line cut in front of the net as fellow sophomore Sophie Lloyd tracked down a loose ball in the corner. Lloyd sent a pass to Reed who redirected the ball enough to slip by the goalkeeper for her second goal of the game.
The Jumbo offense was supported by midfielders Jenna Troccoli and Lily Sykes, who were able to contain Wesleyan in the defensive end. First-year defender Kylie Metcalf drew the start in her first career postseason game. Metcalf showed no signs of inexperience, playing all 90 minutes in a shutout for the Jumbo backline.
First-year goalkeeper Sarah Hammond managed to save five of the seven shots she faced in the Wesleyan net.
Tufts will return to action on November 3 for a semifinal matchup at top-seeded Williams.