Colby women's soccer opens with tie against third-ranked Tufts

Contact: Bill Sodoma
Date: September 9, 2006
SOMERVILLE, Mass. --- Liza Benson recorded nine saves as the Colby College women's soccer team battled to a 0-0 tie with third-ranked Tufts University in a New England Small College Athletic Conference season opener for both squads Saturday.

Tufts is ranked third in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and the national polls. The Jumbos are also ranked first in the New England Region for Division III, while Colby came into the game ranked sixth in New England.

The Jumbos were credited with 20 shots, including 14 in regulation. Benson stopped three shots in the first overtime session.  Annie Ross also earned a shutout with six saves, none in either of the extra periods when Tufts posted a 6-0 shots advantage.

One of the better chances of the game was a drive from the top of the box by Colby sophomore Veronica Barila in the second half that Ross had to leave her feet to grab. Later on, Benson bumped a shot by Jumbo Joelle Emery over the crossbar for her best save of the game.

Martha Furtek's four shots on goal led Tufts, while two shots apiece by Libba Cox and Laura Williamson paced Colby.

Colby, which upset Tufts in the season opener 2-0 in Maine last season, finished with a 6-2 margin in corner kicks. The game was the first 0-0 tie at Kraft since Tufts and Trinity went scoreless on October 16, 1993.

Colby plays its home opener Wednesday at 4 p.m. against University of Maine at Farmington.

Tufts 0 Colby 0, OT

Colby (0-0-1) 0 0 0 0 = 0

Tufts (0-0-1)         0 0 0 0 = 0

Scoring: None.

Goalkeeping: T, Annie Ross (110:00,  0 GA); 6 saves; C, Liza Benson (110:00, 0 GA) 9 saves.

Shots: T, 20; C, 8. Corner Kicks: C, 6; T, 2.

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