We knew Tufts would be good since at one point during the season they were at the top of their league. Last year around this time we were lucky to squeeze a 3:2 win out of them.
The weather was good -- about 15+C/60F -- and sometimes sunny and summery! Katherine's dad, Ron Cima '75, came to work his photo magic again, and Amanda W's mom surprised her with a visit!
We spoke about making the simple close passes and putting immediate pressure on them when we lose the ball. At first, we had better possession; Allison and Mila both had good chances. Tufts had one free kick opportunity and one shot wide before Melanie put a perfect cross in front of Shelby for the first goal in the 25th minute.
Tufts had a few more chances until the 38th minute when Allison took a shot that bulleted right through the Tufts GK'er's legs and into their goal.
At half time, we spoke about using the sides more, like we did when Melanie set up Shelby's goal, and making diagonal runs and passes rather than straight up the field.
Caroline V and Katherine had chances early in the second half, but Tufts kept up good energy and pace that paid off in the 50th minute with a goal on a rebound after hitting the upright.
Immediately after that we countered with Liz sending a long ball over the Tufts defense for Summer to run onto -- she scored in the 52nd minute. Eight minutes later Tufts sent a pass to the right side of our third, in behind our defense, to set up a long shot from 30m out that found our net.
After that Julia had a chance, and Mila set her up for a shot that was saved in the 73rd minute. Right after that Tufts had another chance that first was saved, but the rebound found the back of our net to tie up the game in the 74th minute.
Sophie had a chance after that, and Melanie almost headed in a corner from Katherine in the 83rd minute. Julia D kept us in the game with two saves, and Caroline V almost gave us a win with a shot that was saved in the last minute of play.
Tufts did well to keep their energy high, and we were a little unlucky not to preserve our lead throughout the game. Our passing was better than theirs, but their high pressure created chances for them.
Shots 13:14 Saves 5:7
GK: Hannah, Julia D
CD: Kristin+Tessa, Lindsay
OD: Mari+Liz, Amanda W
CM: Julia+Amanda FC, Shelby+Caroline V
OM: Sarah+Mila, Katherine+Melanie
F: Nat+Allison, Sophie+Summer, Caroline G
2 Sarah corner
3 Allison shot saved
5 Mila shot wide
7 Mila shot saved
8 Tufts free kick
24 Tufts shot wide
25 Melanie cross to Shelby --> 1:0
28 Tufts shot wide
30 Tufts header blocked for a corner
32 Tufts shot saved
38 Allison shot went through GK'er's legs --> 2:0
40 Tufts shot wide
41 Mila corner
47 Caroline V shot blocked for a corner
Katherine's cross blocked for another corner
Lindsay's shot over
50 Tufts shot wide
Tufts shot hit the upright, rebound went in --> 2:1
52 Liz to Summer --> 3:1
60 Tufts pass to the left side, shot from 30m --> 3:2
61 Julia shot wide
68 Tufts shot saved
70 Tufts corner
71 Tufts corner
73 Mila cross to Julia, shot saved
74 Tufts shot saved but rebound went in --> 3:3
79 Sophie shot saved
83 Katherine corner --> Melanie header wide
88 Tufts shot saved, second shot saved for a corner
90 Caroline V shot saved