SOMERVILLE – Tufts University women's soccer played against Lesley University on Tuesday afternoon on Kraft Field in a non-conference matchup. The game was evenly played with no score until the first overtime period when Lesley's Samantha Bessey forced a breakaway and laid in the open shot to win it for the Lynx 1-0.
|Junior goalkeeper Emily Bowers made five saves in the overtime game|
With the win, Lesley improves to 11-2-2 and is 5-0-0 in the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC). The Jumbos move to 7-3-3 overall and are 5-1-2 in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC).
The first half went back and forth with few chances to score for both teams. Lesley had opportunities to break the scoreless first half as they controlled the possession keeping the ball on Tufts' side of the field. At the 40:35 mark, there was a shot made by junior midfielder Jordan Mitchell who leads the team with 10 goals this season, but it was saved by Emily Bowers who dove to her right to block the attempt.
In the second half with 39:20 left in regulation, the Lynx's Bessey made a short pass to senior midfielder Karlie Rubin who ripped a shot, but missed wide left. At the 69:54 mark, Mitchell made a pass to freshman midfielder Sam Ring who took a shot, but Bowers took a step and dove to save the shot attempt.
In the second half, the Jumbos came to life and forced the tempo and increased the pressure on the offensive side putting up 13 shots, including five that were on goal. With 26:48 remaining in regulation, junior Taylor Koscho sailed a direct kick towards the net but the leaping Lesley goalkeeper Lilly Donovan was able to handle it. At the 71:48 mark, junior forward Alessandra Sadler took a shot off of a pass from freshman forward Sophie Lloyd which hit the crossbar and glanced over the net.
The Jumbos had an opportunity to end it in the overtime period with 4:32 left, as freshman forward Liz Reed made a move around a Lynx defender and took a shot but Donovan made a diving play to keep the game at 0-0. At the 97:20 mark, Bessey forced the ball past the last line of Jumbo defense and made a breakaway down the middle of the field and fired off an on-target shot that went past the diving Tufts goalkeeper to end the game in a 1-0 Lesley victory. That was Bessey's seventh goal of the season
Jumbo junior goalkeeper Emily Bowers (7-3-3) made five saves in the loss and the Lynx senior goalkeeper Lilly Donovan (7-0-0) made six saves to preserve the shutout.
Tufts outshot the Lynx 18-10 and had the edge in corner kicks 4-1. The Jumbos were called for seven fouls compared to Lesley's six.
Lesley will be hosting Mitchell College at 8 p.m. on Wednesday. The Jumbos will be playing again on Saturday at Williams College at 12:30 p.m. in a key conference matchup.
Written by Colin Mason, Athletic Communications Intern