Women’s Soccer Loses NESCAC Game to Williams on Late Second-Half Goal

SOMERVILLE - Tufts Women's Soccer fell to Williams College 1-0 on Saturday in Somerville, after Sydney Jones converted a late-game breakaway goal to spoil the Jumbos' Seniors Day.

Lexie Miller was one of eight Jumbo seniors recognized prior to Saturday's game.

Both teams entered the game ranked nationally, Tufts at 23rd and Williams at 3rd. The Jumbos came out very strong to begin the match at Kraft Field against the undefeated Ephs from Williamstown in one of the final NESCAC games of the regular season. Tufts would control the ball for much of the first ten minutes of the game by maintaining the midfield and smothering clearing attempts. 

Tufts would generate nine first-half shots compared to Williams' three. The Jumbos were utilizing headers as a means of carrying the ball over the Ephs' defense, allowing several looks at net. However, goalkeeper Olivia Barnhill played very smart, stepping up when needed and making up for some defensive miscues from her teammates.

Jumbo senior forward Alessandra Sadler played maybe her best game of the year, always making herself available for teammates, and remaining active even when the ball was in the air. 

Tufts' backline played as one, just as they have done all year. Senior back Jamie Corley had shut down the right side of the field for Williams forcing them out of bounds, and not allowing Eph forwards to get to the corner. The backline as a whole only allowed three shots on goal all game. Senior goalkeeper Emily Bowers played about as well as she could have, playing every Williams set-piece perfectly.

Williams would score the lone goal of the game on a fast break with just eight minutes remaining. Jones took the ball from just around midfield and used her blazing speed to slip past the Jumbo defense, forcing Bowers to come out of net toward her. Jones sent a right boot on the ground which trickled into the bottom left corner of the net for the game-winning goal.

Both goalkeepers played outstanding today, showing why each of them won NESCAC Player of the Week at some point this season. Bowers made two saves in her 90 minutes, whereas Barnhill saved all four shots she faced.

The Jumbos were led offensively by Liz Reed with five shots, three of which were fired on net. Five different Ephs took shots, while Jones and Madison Freeney managed to place them on net.

The Jumbos return to the field on Tuesday to close out their regular season at Bowdoin at 3 pm. Williams will look to continue their success Tuesday against Middlebury.

Written by Athletic Communications Intern Garrett Kerr