Women’s Soccer Defeated by Bowdoin 1-0 in NESCAC Matchup

BRUNSWICK, Maine - Tufts lost on the road at Bowdoin College Tuesday when Julia Adelmann scored the game-winning goal for the Polar Bears in a NESCAC women's soccer game.

Lily Sykes tied for the team lead in shots during her start on Tuesday.

The Jumbos went to work early on in their final regular-season matchup of the year. Senior co-captain Alex Aronson drew the start at forward, showcasing her awareness and leadership. Aronson was a pest for the Polar Bear defense, chasing down and trapping what would be simple clears.

Senior goalkeeper Emily Bowers played disciplined as needed, but when Bowdoin had a two-on-one she was able to pounce out of the net blocking the chip pass with a diving stop. The ball quickly ricocheted to a Polar Bear forward who fired a one-time shot, only to be stuffed by a miraculous effort from Bowers, sprawling out while on her knees.  

As a team, Tufts earned six corner kicks in the first half alone. Senior Alessandra Sadler used her speed and craftiness several times carrying down the right sideline, which resulted in a crossing pass or corner for Tufts seemingly every time. Despite excellent teamwork, Tufts would only produce two shots on goal in the first half to Bowdoin's five, as both teams went into the break knotted at zero. 

Bowdoin's bombardment of shots would not be suppressed in the second half. Tufts would control the ball more often, however the Polar Bears would put shots on net whenever possible. This would pay off in the 63rd minute of the game as Adelmann maneuvered into open space with just the goalie to beat after receiving a great through ball. Bowers guessed left as Adelmann shot right, leaving the Polar Bears up 1-0. 

The Jumbos were led offensively by sophomore Liz Reed and freshman Lily Sykes, each firing two shots. Bowers had four saves in net for Tufts.

Nine different Polar Bears shot the ball Tuesday in a balanced offensive attack, while Penny Rocchio saved all four shots she faced.

The Jumbos finish the regular-season at 9-4-2 and 5-3-2 in the league. Bowdoin improved to 7-6-2 and 3-6-1. Both teams wait anxiously, anticipating postseason play, as Bowdoin needed to secure a win for a shot in the NESCAC tournament. Tufts will host an opponent to be determined on Saturday at Kraft Field.

Written by Athletic Communications Intern Garrett Kerr