MEDFORD - Tufts Women's Soccer will take to Kraft Field on Sunday at 12 noon to begin post-season play, hosting Wesleyan University in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship quarterfinals.
Tufts wrapped up their regular season on Tuesday, finishing with a record of 9-4-2 along with a 5-3-2 conference record. This earned them the fourth seed in the conference, allowing them to host the fifth-seeded Wesleyan Cardinals (8-4-3, 4-3-3) in Somerville.
This will mark the second time these two teams square off this year. The Jumbos hosted Wesleyan for a regular-season matchup in September which resulted in a 2-0 win for Tufts. The Cardinals put up just three shots during the game to the Jumbo's 11 shots. Junior Izzy Moore and freshman Melina McDevitt scored their first goals of the season that day for Tufts.
Both teams have come a long way since September however. Wesleyan is in a hot stretch of their season as they are coming off two key wins in their last three games. The Cardinals just defeated 11th-ranked conference foe Amherst 3-2 on Saturday during their Senior Day, which had followed a 5-0 win over Rhode Island College.
Tufts' win over Wesleyan earlier this season came during a five-game winning streak to open the season. Since then the Jumbos have gone 4-4-2. One constant factor the Jumbos have relied on all year is their experienced backline. The line of three consists of seniors Taylor Koscho and Jamie Corley, along with junior Sarah Maloney. Along with senior Emily Bowers playing stellar in net, this group has shutout nine different opponents on the year, while allowing just eight goals to opposing teams. Jumbo sophomore Sophie Lloyd is one of the league's leading scorers with nine goals and four assists for 22 points.
This game will mark the sixth consecutive season a Tufts women's soccer team makes the conference post-season. In addition, this will be the second straight year Kraft Field will host a quarterfinal matchup. The Jumbos defeated Trinity at home last year to snap a three-game post-season losing streak. That team would go on to the NESCAC championship, losing to Williams in overtime.
Head coach Martha Whiting's Jumbos have qualified for the conference tournament 17 times in the event's 18 seasons. They have a 10-11-5 record in conference post-season play, including winning the league title in 2002.
Wesleyan earned the fifth seed in the league this year after not qualifying for the conference championship since 2013. They have just one win in eight total NESCAC Tournament games. The Cardinals are led this season by Lauren Goetzman and Liz Young, who both have six goals with an assist for 13 points.
Saturday's winner will advance to the semi-finals to be played at the site of the highest remaining seed on November 3.
Written by Athletic Communciations Intern Garrett Kerr