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Goal off carom in first half carries Tufts past women's soccer

Annie Burns '12 made six saves to help keep the Jumbos in check.

SOMERVILLE, Mass. -- First-year Sophie Wojtasinski took a ball off the post and buried it in the back of the net in the first half, and from there Tufts University used tough defense to defeat the Bates College women's soccer team, 1-0, in NESCAC action on Saturday afternoon at Kraft Field.

The Bobcats' best opportunity all day to score came just one minute into the contest when junior Tina Tobin (Lowell, Mass.) tried to curl one into the top right corner of the net, but Tufts' keeper Phoebe Hanley was there to meet it.

In the 27th minute, the Jumbos were pressuring inside of the box when Olivia Rowse's shot from the right side caromed off the left post and directly to the waiting foot of Wojtasinski. With the keeper out of position, she tallied her first collegiate goal.

Tufts out-shot Bates in the first half 8-1, with three on net. Junior keeper Annie Burns (Topsfield, Mass.) compiled two saves in the first 45 minutes for the Bobcats.

The Jumbos stepped up the defense in the second half in order to protect a 1-0 advantage. Bates could only manage one shot on goal in the half which was stopped by Jumbo keeper Kristin Wright.

While the defense played well in the second half, the Tufts offense continued to put pressure on the Bates defenders. The Jumbos forced Burns to make three more saves as they doubled up their shot total to 16.

Hanley and Wright combined for the shutout, with each keeper making a save. For Bates, Burns finished with six saves.

Tufts is now 2-1-1 in the NESCAC and 3-2-2 overall. Bates is now 1-3-1 in conference and 2-4-1 overall. The Bobcats will travel to Southern Maine for a 4 p.m. non-conference game on Tuesday.

STATS: Tufts 1, Bates 0