SOMERVILLE - The Tufts women's soccer team came up short in aconference match-up against Middlebury College on Saturday morning on Kraft Field. The 1-0 loss gave the Jumbo squad their first loss in New England Small College Athletic Conference play. Before the start of the Seniors Day contest, five Jumbos were honored for their commitment to the program: Mariah Harvey-Brown, co-captain Alex Scheman, Chandler Quintin, Emily Wilson and Margaret Zahrah.
|Chandler Quintin played a strong midfield on Seniors Day|
With the win, Middlebury improved to 7-2-1 overall with a 3-2-1 NESCAC record. The Jumbos move to 4-2-3 overall and 3-1-2 in NESCAC play.
The scoring opportunities for both teams were limited as the defenses for both squads played well, keeping the ball in the middle of the field for the majority of the game. At the 15:24 mark, Jumbo freshman forward Elizabeth Reed had a scoring opportunity as she ripped a shot that tailed right just missing the net. Later in the first half at the 30:53 mark, Panther sophomore Sabrina Glaser passed to junior Amanda Dafonte in front of the goal where she struck the ball well but missed high. The score remained 0-0 going into the second half.
The Panthers had a close scoring chance at the 67:11 mark as sophomore Virginia Charman took a shot deep inside the Jumbo box, but Tufts junior goalkeeper Emily Bowers made a diving play to her left to keep the scoreless tie intact. The Jumbos had a chance at the 61:11 mark when freshman Hannah Isenhart made a great pass to freshman Sophie Lloyd in the box, but shot was saved by Panther goalkeeper Ursula Alwang.
The winning goal for the Panthers came with only 13 minutes remaining in regulation. The ball was entered deep into the zone in front of the net where freshman forward Eliza Van Voorhis was waiting with a great position to score. Her header attempt hit the crossbar and ricocheted back into the clustered box filled with players on both teams. Panther freshman Eliza Robinson was able to collect the rebound and punch in the game-winning goal for her second goal of the season. The Middlebury defense played strong for the remainder of the contest to close out the 1-0 victory.
The Panthers outshot the Jumbos 14-7 and had an edge in the corner kick battle 5-1. Tufts committed nine fouls and Middlebury had seven in the competitive contest.
Jumbo goalkeeper Emily Bowers (4-2-3) made four saves in the loss while Ursula Alwang (6-2-1) made three for the Panthers.
Both teams will be facing conference opponents tomorrow morning. Middlebury will be playing Wesleyan University at 11 a.m. The Jumbos will be on the road at Hamilton College tomorrow at 11 a.m.
Written by Colin Mason, Athletic Communications Intern