Lonati, defense help women's soccer earn big road tie at Tufts

MEDFORD, Mass. -- A year after injuring her shoulder in the first game of the season against Tufts University, Colby College goalkeeper Dani Lonati made 13 saves to help the Mules open the 2017 season with a 0-0 overtime tie against the Jumbos on Saturday at Kraft Field.

 
Colby (0-0-1 overall, 0-0-1 NESCAC) will play the first-ever game on the new Colby Soccer Field on Sunday against Husson University at 1 p.m.
 
"Tufts is a good opponent. We competed hard for 110 minutes to earn a tough away point," Colby head coach Kristin Shaw said. "There is a lot to build on with this group and I am excited to see how they grow throughout the season."
 
Game highlights
* Lonati, who had her first collegiate shutout, made five of her 13 saves in the overtime sessions when Tufts had a 7-1 advantage in shots. She played just 39:40 last year and was hurt diving on a penalty kick. Lonati missed the rest of the season due to the shoulder injury.
 
* Lonati still has not given up a goal in her collegiate career in regular play. She allowed the penalty kick goal when she was injured. 
 
* Colby started one junior, one sophomore, and two first-year players on defense. Junior back Katie Senechal and sophomore Lindsay Ayers teamed with first-years Olivia Siegel and Sofia Oliveira.
 
* "Dani made three huge saves and managed the game very well. Sofia had two saves, one off the goal line and another block," Shaw said. "Katie was big-time, denying a counter attack in overtime, winning three huge headers, and blocking two shots." 
 
* The Mules had a 5-4 advantage in corner kicks, including the lone corner of overtime. Tufts had a 20-8 advantage in total shots and had six of its 10 fouls in the first half.
 
* First-year forward Sarah Lofstrom led the Mules with four shots, including two on goal. Katherine Gillespie added two shots for Colby.
 
* Sophie Lloyd had a game-high five shots for the Jumbos. Emily Bowers stopped three shots for the Tufts (1-0-1 overall) shutout.
 
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