|Bowdoin College||Tufts University|
SOMERVILLE- Tufts University women’s soccer played in their last regular season game against conference opponent Bowdoin College on Tuesday afternoon on Kraft Field.
With the win, the Jumbos finish their regular season at 8-4-3 overall and are 6-2-2 in the NESCAC. The Polar Bears finish their regular season at 9-5-1 overall and are 4-5-1 in conference play.
The first scoring opportunity for the Jumbos came with 23:47 left in the first half when freshman forward Sophie Lloyd took a shot from outside the box that hit the crossbar. At the 23:11 mark, Lloyd drove past senior goalkeeper Rachel Stout and crossed it over to freshman forward Elizabeth Reed where the ball ended up in the back of the net. However, offsides was called and the goal was called off. The Jumbos broke the scoreless tie at the 34:38 mark when senior forward Mariah Harvey-Brown sent a pass up the field to sophomore forward Paige Vigliotta who collected it and made a shot that found the back of the net. The Polar Bears had an opportunity with 7:43 left in the first half as the ball was sent to the middle of the box, bouncing in front of the goal, Jumbo goalkeeper Emily Bowers dove and recovered the loose ball. The Jumbos led 1-0 after the first half.
The Tufts freshman forwards had two opportunities early in the second half to extend the lead. At the 55:28 mark, Lloyd passed to Reed who one-timed it on target for the top right corner but was saved by Polar Bear goalkeeper made a leading grab to keep the Jumbos off the board. At 69:03 Lloyd made another great pass to a flashing Reed at the top of box in Polar Bear territory where she faced the net and launched a low shot, Stout was waiting for it for one of her 3 saves.
Later in the second half, Bowdoin put pressure on the Jumbo defense putting up seven shots. At 73:59, sophomore Morgen Gallagher dribbled it down the length of the field on the left side and got to the edge of the box and took a deep shot that hit the crossbar barely missing the equalizer. A couple of minutes later at 77:44, junior forward Julia Patterson dribbled deep into Tufts territory, made a cutback and used her right foot to take a shot on net but Bowers was there to secure the 1-0 lead.
The Jumbo junior goalkeeper Emily Bowers (8-4-3) made six saves. Bowdoin’s senior goalkeeper (7-4-1) made three saves.
Bowdoin outshot the Jumbos 14-9. The Polar Bears had the edge in corner kicks 1-0. The Jumbos committed seven fouls while Bowdoin was called for four.
Bowdoin will be competing in a quarterfinal game on Saturday, October 28th with opponent and time to be determined. With the win, Tufts secures fourth place in the NESCAC standings and will find out who they will play tomorrow. The Jumbos will be playing in a quarterfinal matchup on Saturday, October 28th time and opponent to be determined.