Amherst Edged by Tufts, 1-0

Hughes Coaching
Head coach Jen Hughes and the Lord Jeffs stand at 1-3-2 after the first six games of 2007.

MEDFORD, MA – The Amherst College women’s soccer team was shut out for the third time in six games, as the Lord Jeffs were edged by Tufts University in a conference match-up. Amherst falls to 1-3-2 (1-1 NESCAC) with the loss, while the Jumbos improve to 4-1-0 and remain unbeaten in NESCAC play (3-0).

Reigning NESCAC Player of the Week Cara Cadigan scored in the 20th minute by heading in a corner kick to provide the only goal Tufts would need, with senior co-captain Martha Furtek picking up the assist. Cadigan has now scored five of the team’s seven goals on the season and has four unanswered goals in the last three games. She netted the winner in the second overtime against Middlebury last Saturday, and then scored both goals in a 2-0 victory against Carthage on Sunday.

The Tufts defense earned its third shutout in five games this year. Amherst had advantages of 10-8 in shots and 5-2 in corners for the first half, but did not put a ball on goal. Sophomore Meg Murphy (Springfield, MA) hit the post early in the game and finished with a game-high five shots for the Jeffs.

Kate Minnehan made three saves and has allowed just one goal in over 420 minutes of play this season, while sophomore Lili Ferguson (Winnetka, IL) made six saves for Amherst, including five in the first half. Cadigan finished with four shots, while Furtek and first-year Sarah Nolet had three apiece for Tufts.