|Freshman Sophie Lloyd is tied for third in NESCAC with seven goals|
MEDFORD – Tufts University women's soccer finished their regular season at home against Bowdoin College on Tuesday with a 1-0 win that secured the #4 spot in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) standings. The Jumbos ended their regular season with an overall record of 8-4-3 and a 6-2-2 mark in the NESCAC. Tufts will be making their fifth straight appearance and 17th overall in the NESCAC Championship when they host a quarterfinal match-up against Trinity College on Saturday at 12 p.m. on Kraft Field.
These teams last met on Kraft Field on September 17 where the Jumbos beat the Bantams 2-0. Four and a half minutes into the second half, sophomore Tally Clark sent a pass from the right corner of the box to the opposite side of the field where freshman forward Sophie Lloyd was there to knock it in for the first score of the game. Less than four minutes later freshman forward Liz Reed made a forward pass through the middle of the field to junior forward Alessandra Sadler who dribbled the ball past Bantams senior goalkeeper Julia Pitino and sent it in giving the Jumbos a 2-0 win.
After starting NESCAC play with a record of 0-3, Trinity went 5-1-1 to force their way up the standings to #5 with an overall record of 7-6-2 and 5-4-1 in the conference. Sophomores Tricia Pollock (four goals) and Rhone O'Hara (three) have seven out of the Bantams' 14 goals this season.
The Jumbo offense has been led by the rookie forwards Lloyd and Liz Reed. Lloyd leads the squad with seven goals totaling 14 points and Reed follows right behind her with five goals and two assists totaling 12 points. Reed was selected as the NESCAC player of the week after scoring four goals in two games against Endicott College and Bates College. Sadler has added to the offensive production with one goal and a team-leading four assists totaling six points.
Out of the 10 NESCAC games Tufts played this season, the Jumbo squad has score 12 goals and only given up six, three of which came in the 3-0 loss to top-ranked Williams College on October 21. Junior goalkeeper Emily Bowers has been the leader of the Tufts defense making 45 saves during NESCAC competitions.
"Our mindset going into the quarterfinal game is one of determination and confidence," said head coach Martha Whiting. "We are excited to be playing at home and are committed to bringing great energy to the field on Saturday. We are focusing on the fundamentals of what got us here and executing our style of play to perfection."
Last season, the Jumbos were #5 in the NESCAC rankings and lost to #4 Trinity College in the quarterfinal round in a 1-0 game. The Bantams would go on to make the finals in the conference tournament as they beat top seeded Williams College on penalty kicks in the semi-final round.
Written by Colin Mason, Athletic Communications Intern