Women’s Soccer Pushes Past Amherst 2-1 in Fourth Overtime Game

AMHERST - Tufts women's soccer played its fifth conference game of the season this afternoon against Amherst College. Both teams scored late in the second half to force an overtime period. The Jumbos scored quickly in the extra period to secure the 2-1 win. The Jumbo squad won their first overtime matchup of the season. They have played in three previous overtime games, all resulting in a draw.

Freshman Elizabeth Reed scored her first collegiate goal in 2-1 win over Amherst 

With the win, the Jumbos improve to 4-1-3 overall and 3-0-2 in the NESCAC. The Mammoths move to 3-5-0 overall and are 1-4-0 in the conference.

Despite the sides combining for 16 shots, neither team found the back of the net in the first half which ended in a 0-0 deadlock.

Mammoth senior forward Hannah Guzzi scored her NESCAC-leading eighth goal of the season in the 79th minute to break the scoreless tie and give the Mammoths a 1-0 lead with 10:13 remaining in regulation. Sophomore midfielder Sasha Savitsky powered a ball into Jumbo territory from 10 yards beyond midfield and found the speedy Guzzi who out-sprinted the Tufts backline. Meeting the Jumbos' keeper at the top of the box, Guzzi lofted a shot into the left side of the net.

Responding less than five minutes later, Jumbo freshman Elizabeth Reed tallied her first collegiate goal at the 84:21 mark to even the score at 1-1. In an unassisted play, Reed got in front of an Amherst clearing attempt inside the box to deflect the ball forward and drained an uncontested shot to get Tufts on the board.

Drawing a corner with 8:23 on the clock in overtime, Amherst senior Delancey King nearly connected with senior Maeve McNamara on the far post, but Jumbo goalkeeper Emily Bowers came up with the clutch save on the point-blank opportunity.

The Jumbos earned the victory in the 92nd minute, with freshman Sophie Lloyd logging the game-winner. Gathering the ball on the right side, senior forward Mariah Harvey-Brown chipped a leading pass to Lloyd just outside the five-yard box and she one-touched a shot just past the outstretched arms of the Amherst goalkeeper Chelsea Cutler and into the bottom left corner of the goal.

Emily Bowers (4-1-3) made six saves in net today for Tufts. Amherst goalkeeper Chelsea Cutler (3-5-0) made three saves in goal this afternoon.

Both squads were even in fouls 7-7 and in shots 14-14. The Mammoths had the advantage in corner kicks 5-3.

Amherst will be competing on the road tomorrow at 2 p.m. against New England College. Tufts will be playing at home next Saturday, October 7 at 11 a.m. against Middlebury College.

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Parts of this release courtesy of Amherst College

Written by Colin Mason, Athletic Communications Intern