Tufts edges women's soccer 1-0 in home finale
The Hamilton College Continentals dropped a 1-0 decision to the Tufts University Jumbos (8-5-0, 5-4 NESCAC) at Hamilton's Love Field on Saturday.
The Continentals (4-5-3, 1-5-3) can still clinch a berth in the 2013 NESCAC championship with a win in Tuesday's regular-season finale at Williams College. Hamilton is aiming for the program’s fifth consecutive postseason appearance and third straight since joining the NESCAC in 2011.
The Jumbos were outshot 13-7, but didn’t allow a shot on goal until the 74th minute when Kristin Wright ’14 made a save on Becca Rees ‘16. A Tufts counter attack led to the game’s only goal 16 seconds later. Jess Capone ’17 sent a pass from the left side to the 18, where Brooke Fortin ’17 took it in stride and converted the running shot for her fourth goal of the season.
Wright made four more saves in the final 10 minutes. Hamilton’s best scoring chances came on free kicks, including an attempt by Lauren Brady ’14 that was blocked just before the half, and a try by Hannah Withiam ’16 that was just out of a teammate's reach at the far post early in the second half.
Liza Gergenti ’14 finished with a pair of saves for the Continentals, including a diving stop of a shot by Capone in the 14th minute. Capone's shot rebounded to Tufts’ Victoria Stoj ‘15, who shot it into the side of the net.
Before the game, Hamilton honored Sarah Lasker ’14, Jacqueline Winter ’14, Brady and Gergenti, who were playing their final regular-season home game.
The Continentals play a non-conference game at SUNY Canton on Sunday, Oct. 27. Tufts closes out the regular season with a home game against Bowdoin College on Wednesday.