SOMERVILLE – Tufts Women's Soccer fell 2-1 on Seniors Day to #2 nationally ranked Williams College on a rainy Saturday afternoon at Kraft Field.
|Senior Sarah Pykkonen scored her second goal of the season|
The Ephs keep their undefeated season alive to put them at 13-0-1, NESCAC 8-0-1. The Jumbos take their fifth loss for a record of 6-5-3, NESCAC 4-4-1.
Williams is currently at the top spot of the NESCAC standings and look to have the first seed in the NESCAC playoffs. With the loss today, Tufts went down in the NESCAC to tie for sixth place with Connecticut College. The top eight teams advance to the NESCAC Championship starting next weekend, while the top four receive home-field advantage.
With one of the fastest goals in program history, senior Sarah Pykkonen scored for Tufts with a wide-open net just 32 seconds into the first half off a corner pass from Mariah Harvey-Brown. Harvey-Brown's pass went through the box just missing the goalie's save for Pykkonen to receive the pass to submit the early 1-0 lead.
A quick four minutes later, the Ephs responded with a Kristina Alvarado one-on-one where she slipped through the defenders and passed it to her left where Kristi Kirshe struck a goal into the left side of the net to tie the game up at 1-1.
Late in the first half, a cross by Williams' Katie Wardlaw leading to a shot by Katelyn Long ended up just left of the goal in the 42nd minute and the match went to intermission tied 1-1.
Right out of halftime, Williams took the lead on a quick pass by Kirshe to Alvarado who then sent it to the right side of the box where a wide-open Sarah Scire rifled a goal into the top right corner in the 58th minute of regulation.
In poor conditions, the game was physical with a lot of falling and pushing in both ends. Tufts had eight fouls while Williams only five.
Jumbo sophomore goalkeeper Emily Bowers saved two shots while receiving major help from her backs. Williams' Olivia Barnhill played the first half when she didn't have a save. At halftime, Tressa Palcheck came in and stopped two shots the rest of the way.
The Jumbos end the regular season at Bowdoin on Tuesday with a 3 p.m. match. The Ephs return home looking to keep their undefeated season going against Middlebury on Tuesday at 3 p.m.