The women’s soccer team (3-2, 2-1 at NESCAC) defeated Tufts (4-1, 3-1 at NESCAC) on Sunday to secure their second victory of the weekend, with a final score of 1-0 .
The game started with shot attempts by both teams in the first two minutes. Facing a total of 10 shots on goal from Tufts, Leyla Kamshad ’23, Ephs captain and goalkeeper, remained strong throughout the game. In the 54th minute, Kamshad dove in to block a shot from Tufts, making a great save for the Ephs. Soon after, in the 57th minute, Kamshad made a beautiful save, blocking a hit ball in the upper left corner.
With nine minutes remaining in the first half, Blakeley Buckingham ’25 provided an assist from the corner, with a header from Tori Huang ’25 taking the Ephs to a 1-0 lead. The Ephs took advantage of this moment by making clever passes. and keeping on the Jumbos’ heels to stop them from scoring.
Williams’ defense didn’t budge, keeping the pressure on Tufts throughout the game. Ansley Burns ’26 remained aggressive at the back of the field, preventing Tufts from maintaining control in his runs.
“I’m so proud of my team today,” said women’s soccer coach Sarah Raymond as she reflected on the Ephs’ victory. The players stood out across the field but our senior goalkeeper Leyla Kamshad showed a lot of poise and skill in what she did today.”
“It’s a big win for us, and one that feels really deserved after a lot of heartbreak over the past year,” continued Raymond. “We are excited to move forward and continue to improve ahead of our next games.” Williams faces Colby and Bowdoin next weekend in Maine at 11 am and 2 pm respectively.