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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: September 8, 2007
WATERVILLE, Maine --- After a scoreless opening half, Cara Cadigan (Nahant, Mass.) and Whitney Hardy (Truckee, Calif.) scored goals in the second half to power the Tufts University women’s soccer team to a 2-0 season-opening win over Colby College on Saturday.
The Jumbos (1-0, 1-0 NESCAC) and Colby (0-1, 0-1) played to a scoreless opening half, but Tufts got the game-winning goal when Cadigan took a long ball up the middle of the field from Rebecca Abbott (New Orleans, La.) and got past Colby goalie Loni Pisani (Kanata, Canada) for the goal at 53:22. Lauren Fedore (East Lansing, Mich.) also was credited with an assist.
Colby did have a chance to tie the game with about 20 minutes remaining, but a header by Meggie Herlihy (Simsbury, Conn.) went off the crossbar off a perfect corner kick by Katie McCabe (Watertown, Conn.). Mule first-year midfielder Leah Turino (Stoneham, Mass.) also had a header in the first half that went off the top of the bar.
Tufts clinched the game when Hardy knocked in a corner kick from Jessie Wagner (Sudbury, Mass.) with 16:41 remaining in the contest.
Tufts 2, Colby 0
T: Cara Cadigan (Rebecca Abbott, Lauren Fedore), 53:22
T: Whitney Hardy (Jessie Wagner), 73:19
Shots: Tufts 20, Colby 9. Corner kicks: Tufts 7, Colby 1. Goalies: Kate Minnehan (Tufts, 90 minutes, 0 goals, 2 saves); Loni Pisani (Colby, 90 minutes, 2 goals, 4 saves).