SOMERVILLE - On an overcast Saturday afternoon, the Tufts University women's soccer team played their third conference game this season against Connecticut College on Kraft Field resulting in a 1-1 tie after two overtime periods. Both unbeaten opponents came into the match-up today with momentum and confidence as they both came off a win in their last contests.
|Freshman Sophie Lloyd scored her first collegiate goal on Saturday afternoon|
The Jumbos move to 2-0-2 overall with a 1-0-2 NESCAC record while the Camels continue their own undefeated streak to move to 3-0-1 overall with a 1-0-1 conference record.
Each team's offensive attack was active throughout the game as each side fired quality shots on the goalkeepers and put pressure on the defenses. The Jumbo defense, led by junior goalkeeper Emily Bowers, let in their second goal of the season on a penalty kick off the foot of senior midfielder Michelle Medina who was fouled in the box (59:54). Shortly after the Camel goal, the Jumbo offense came to life, pressing the attack. Sophomore midfielder Jenna Troccoli dribbled down the middle of the field and served up a great ball to freshman Sophie Lloyd who found the back of the net to settle the score at 1-1 in the 65th minute.
Connecticut College had opportunities to score as they controlled the ball deep in Jumbo territory late in the first half. Seniors Lauren Steele and Alex Bukovac were involved in a passing sequence that led to a shot attempt by Medina at the 32:41 mark which was saved by Bowers. Only five minutes later, senior Mackenzie Kingston attempted to score off a direct kick at the 37:32 mark that would have entered the top right corner of the goal if Bowers had not come down with it.
As the heat and intensity grew in the later minutes of the second overtime period, the Jumbos had two windows of scoring opportunity. One minute into the last period, freshman forward Elizabeth Reed made a pass into the box where senior forward Mariah Harvey-Brown hoped to end the game but missed high. With only 6:33 left in the game, Harvey-Brown had another chance as she attempted a sliding shot but missed left of the net.
Connecticut College put up four shots in the last overtime period as their attack kept pressing. With 4:42 left in the game, freshman midfielder Maxie Johnson led junior forward Alex Baltazar with a great pass in the box which led to a shot attempt missing right.
Connecticut College led the Jumbos in shots 17-12 and corner kicks 7-4. Tufts committed 13 fouls compared to the Camels seven.
Bowers (2-0-2) made eight saves in the stalemate and Camel senior goalkeeper Bryanna Montalvo (2-0-1) made five saves.
Both teams will be competing again tomorrow. Connecticut College will play at Colby College at 11 a.m. The Jumbos will be playing in the afternoon on Kraft Field at 12 p.m. against Trinity College for another conference match-up.
Written by Colin Mason, Athletic Communications Intern