Courtesy of Tufts Sports Information
GENEVA, N.Y. - Tufts defeated Penn State Behrend 2-0 at William Smith College in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday behind two goals from Liz Reed in the first 15 minutes of the match. The win was Tufts' first in NCAA play since 2007.
Tufts, which improves to 11-5-2 on the year, will face the hosts, William Smith, in the second round on Sunday at 1 p.m. in Geneva, N.Y. Penn State Behrend closes the season with a 13-7-0 record.
Reed combined with teammate Sophie Lloyd for a give-and-go play for Reed's ninth goal of the season, just eight minutes into the match. Reed's powerful blast from about 30 yards out, after taking the touch pass from Lloyd, found the back of the net.
The speed and quickness of sophomore Hannah Isenhart and senior Alessandra Sadler created several crossing opportunities from both sides of the field for the Jumbos.
A cross from Isenhart initiated Tufts' next score just 14 minutes into the game as she found Lloyd who launched a shot that was blocked by Lion goalkeeper Madi Jones. Reed found herself in the right place at the right time as the rebound trickled under her feet, and she buried her second goal of the game with a one-touch shot, putting the Jumbos up 2-0. The quality of Tufts' scoring opportunities stood out in the first half as all nine of their shots landed on net, while the Lions produced just one shot on target.
In the second half, Tufts' defense stood out as it allowed Penn State Behrend just two shot attempts in the second half to close out the 2-0 win.
Lions goalkeeper Madi Jones made an impressive 10 saves, while Tufts goalkeeper Emily Bowers made one save on the six shots she faced. The Jumbos held a 6-0 advantage in corner kicks for the match.