Women’s Soccer Secures Fourth Place in NESCAC with 1-0 Win Over Bowdoin

SOMERVILLE - Tufts University women's soccer played in their last regular-season game against conference opponent Bowdoin College on Tuesday afternoon at Kraft Field and came away with a 1-0 win.

Sophonore Paige Vigliotta scored her first collegiate goal

With the win, the Jumbos finish their regular season at 8-4-3 overall and 6-2-2 in the NESCAC. The Polar Bears finish their regular season at 9-5-1 overall and 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 Bowdoin senior goalkeeper Rachel Stout and crossed it over to freshman forward Liz Reed and 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. She 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, but 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 it was saved by Polar Bear goalkeeper with a leaping grab. At 69:03 Lloyd made another great pass to a flashing Reed at the top of box in where she faced the net and launched a low shot, but Stout was waiting for it for one of her three saves.

Later in the second half, Bowdoin put pressure on the Jumbo defense putting up seven shots. At 73:59, sophomore Morgen Gallagher dribbled down the length of the field on the left side and got to the edge of the box where she 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 preserve the 1-0 lead.

The Jumbo junior goalkeeper Emily Bowers (8-4-3) made six saves. Bowdoin's senior goalkeeper Rachel Stout (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.

With the win, Tufts secures fourth place in the NESCAC standings and will play #5 Trinity College in Saturday's Quarterfinal at Kraft Field starting at noon. Eighth-seed Bowdoin will be competing in a quarterfinal game on Saturday at #1 seed Williams also starting at noon. 

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Written by Colin Mason, Athletic Communications Intern