Hartford, Conn. - The visiting Tufts University Jumbos blanked the Trinity College Bantams, 2-0, in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) women's soccer action this afternoon at Trinity Soccer Field. Trinity falls to 4-6-2 overall and 2-5-1 in the NESCAC with its second loss in as many days, while the No. 23-ranked Jumbos improve to 9-2-2 overall and 5-1-2 in the league with their third-consecutive victory. Trinity will host NESCAC rival Connecticut College on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in its next game, while the Jumbos host No. 3-ranked Williams on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
Trinity had a hard time pushing through the Tufts defense, managing just six shots and three on goal in the game. The Jumbos took 11 shots in the first half including one by sophomore Sophie Lloyd (Los Altos, Calif.) that sailed just wide in the seventh minute and a hard blast by sophomore Hannah Isenhart (Boulder, Colo.) that was stopped by Trinity sophomore goalie Taylor O'Connor (Danvers, Mass.) that kept the game scoreless in the 37th minute.
The first Tufts goal came after a corner kick that caromed off two Bantams before rookie midfielder Stephanie DiLeo (Damscus, Md.) received it just outside the box and lofted a shot over O'Connor's head and into the right corner of the goal in the 41st minute. The Jumbos nearly made it 2-0 in the 5th minute, but O'Connor denied Tufts junior midfielder Jenna Troccoli (Bethesda, Md.) from close after Troccoli had knifed her way through the Trinity defense. Junior forward Paige Vigliotta (Sutton, Mass.) finished nicely for the second Tufts goal in the 61st minute, converting on a double assist by freshman midfielder Lily Sykes (Foxboro, Mass.) and sophomore forward Liz Reed (Lynnfield, Mass.).
Trinity got off just a single shot-on-goal after the break with sophomore midfielder Cami Beath (Kennebunk, Maine) having the closest Bantam chance when her shot from the left flank after a corner kick sailed wide in the 82nd minute. The Jumbos finished with a 24-to-6 shooting edge and doubled up Trinity on corner kicks 4 to 2. O'Connor finished with nine saves, including seven in the second half. Jumbo senior goalkeeper Emily Bowers (Needham, Mass.) had three stops.