SOMERVILLE, Mass. – The Tufts University women's soccer team is entering a crucial part of its schedule, as the Jumbos will host NESCAC opponents in Amherst Saturday at noon and Hamilton Sunday at noon at Kraft Field in Somerville, Massachusetts.
The Jumbos (3-1-3, 2-0-1 in NESCAC), who are currently in fourth place out of 11 teams in the NESCAC standings, are coming off a 1-0 setback against visiting MIT Tuesday afternoon, as junior forward Olivia Struckman scored for the Engineers during the 61st minute off a free kick by freshman forward Montana Reilly.
The Jumbos posted an impressive six-game stretch to open their season, posting three wins and three ties, while not suffering any losses. The team opened its season with back-to-back wins over visiting Emerson, 3-0, on Sept. 7 and host Colby, 1-0, on Sept. 10. The Jumbos also defeated host Bates, 5-2, on Sept. 17, while tying No. 9 Brandeis, 1-1, on Sept. 24 at Kraft Field.
The Jumbos have been impressive all season long on the defense end, as they have only relinquished five goals in seven games. Sophomore goalkeeper Emily Bowers (3-1-3) has anchored the Jumbos back line, as she has recorded three shutouts. She also leads the NESCAC with a .889 save percentage, while ranking No. 2 with an impressive 0.54 goals-against average. The Needham, Massachusetts, native was acknowledged for her outstanding play, as she was named NESCAC Player of the Week on Sept. 26.
The Jumbos have posted a balanced attack on the offensive end, as 11 players have recorded two or more points on the season. Junior midfielder Chandler Quintin has a team-high six points, to go along with a team-leading two goals. Sophomore back Taylor Koscho has distributed the ball well, as she leads the Jumbos with a trio of assists. Senior forward Jess Capone has registered four points (one goal, two assists), while senior captain and midfielder Robin Estus has three points (one goal, one assist).
After the pair of homes games this weekend, the Jumbos will compete against host Middlebury Saturday (Oct. 8) at 2 p.m., and then the squad will host Endicott Tuesday (Oct. 11) at 3 p.m.