MEDFORD – The 2017 United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division III Women's All-New England Region Teams were released on Tuesday and three Tufts University women's soccer players were selected. Junior goalkeeper Emily Bowers, freshman forward Sophie Lloyd, and junior defender Taylor Koscho were all recognized.
This is the first season since 2010 that the Jumbos have three players on the All-Region squads. It is the first All-Region honor for all three players.
Bowers was selected for the United Soccer Coaches All-New England first team. She is the lone goalie on the first team, marking her as the best DIII keeper in New England this season. She was also named All-NESCAC first team earlier this year. Her .826 save percentage and 0.85 goals against average are the best in her career at Tufts. Playing every minute in goal for the Jumbos this fall, she made 76 saves over 18 games which ranked her second in the conference. Bowers moved up the Tufts career shutout leaderboard to number four with 18 (seven this year) shutouts and is currently ranked fifth in career saves with 224. She played a key role in the NESCAC quarterfinal win against Trinity collecting an assist on Lloyd's goal in the 1-0 win.
Lloyd, one of just three freshman named to the United Soccer Coaches' top two All-New England teams, was selected to second team. She was also named the NESCAC Rookie of the Year and All-NESCAC second team. Lloyd is tied for the NESCAC lead in goals with 11 and ranks third in points with 23. She led the Jumbos in game-winning goals with four in which one of them came in the NESCAC semifinal game against Hamilton College. Lloyd scored twice in this game to send the Jumbos to the NESCAC Championship game for the first time since 2005.
Koscho was selected for the All-New England third team. She was also selected for the All-NESCAC second team. As one of the best one-on-one defenders on the team, not many opponents had opportunities to score against her. She constantly came up big in pressure situations. One of the standout moments for Koscho this season was at Williams College in the NESCAC Championship game. She made a last-second diving save to keep the score tied at 1-1 forcing an overtime period.
The Tufts women's soccer team finished their 2017 campaign with a 10-6-3 overall record and 6-2-2 NESCAC record. The Jumbos qualified to compete in the NESCAC Tournament in which they earned the fourth seed. In the quarterfinal matchup, Tufts took on No. 5 Trinity at Kraft Field which resulted in a 1-0 win. They moved on to the semifinal round where they beat Hamilton 3-2 in comeback fashion. The Jumbos faced top seeded Williams in the conference final and had a 1-0 lead late in the game, but the host Ephs scored to tie it in regulation and scored again in overtime to take the NESCAC title.
Head coach Martha Whiting's Jumbos received an at large berth into the NCAA Tournament and lost 3-2 to Virginia Wesleyan in the first round. It marked the first NCAA berth for the Jumbo program since 2007.
Written by Colin Mason, Athletic Communications Intern