NEW LONDON, Conn. - Sophomore Liz Reed scored the overtime-winner for Tufts Women's Soccer, leading them to their fourth conference win at Connecticut College on Saturday 2-1.
|Sarah Maloney scored her first goal of the season in her twelfth start of the year.|
It was clear from an early point that both offenses came to play on Connecticut's Senior Day, as the ball moved up and down the field quickly. Both teams were taking risks early on by pressing up, just not converting on the opportunities.
Jumbo senior Alessandra Sadler got herself involved, providing terrific crossing passes for the talented Tufts forwards to attempt to knock home. Camel defenders were making quick decisions though, finding themselves in the right place to prevent any scoring for Tufts.
For much of the first half the Jumbos utilized a defensive backline of Tally Clark, Sarah Maloney, and Taylor Koscho, who were able to play as a unit, keeping Camel forwards in front of them. Maloney was tested several times at midfield, stepping forward and winning the ball out of the air from Connecticut. Tufts' defense held strong to enter the half tied with no goals on the board.
The Camels would waste no time scoring in the second half off a set piece, as just five minutes in Kat Norton would net her tenth goal of the season, which is good for the NESCAC lead.
Tufts' offense would not stay quiet for long, as Maloney would score her second career goal off a set piece as well. Co-captain Emma Ranalli sent in an ideal free kick, which was headed over the goalie by Sophie Lloyd for a finish by Maloney at point-blank range. Maloney, a defender, is often brought up for Jumbo set pieces and it paid off in a goal for the first time this season.
The clock would wind down and send this pivotal conference matchup into overtime. In the 99th minute, as the first overtime rolled to an end, the Jumbos would strike again, this time for the win. Sophomore Hannah Isenhart blazed down the sidelines, sending an accurate cross to the middle where Lloyd was waiting again with a beautiful one-touch pass to her classmate Reed for the finishing goal off her left foot.
Reed's goal marks her sixth of the season, added to her NESCAC-leading assist total of six. Four separate Jumbos managed to put shots on goal today, while Hannah Isenhart tallied her third assist in two games. Senior goalkeeper Emily Bowers would save six shots in her 99 minutes of play.
The Camels' Norton fired eight shots throughout the game, converting on one. As for Connecticut's goalkeeping, Sarah Williams started and pitched a shutout in the first half, while Katy Pelletier saved three of four shots she faced in the second half. Williams would return to play overtime.
Tufts will return to action tomorrow at noon travelling to Trinity College in Connecticut. The Camels will return to the field Wednesday as they travel to face Trinity.
Written by Athletic Communications Intern Garrett Kerr