MEDFORD - For the first time since the 2010 season, the Tufts University women's soccer program has an All-American as junior goalkeeper Emily Bowers received the national honor from the United Soccer Coaches on Thursday night. The 2017 United Soccer Coaches All-American teams were released in conjunction with the championship banquet for the NCAA "Final Four' in Greensboro, North Carolina this weekend. Three All-American teams were named.
The third team All-American accolade wraps up a 2017 season in which Bowers was the best goalkeeper in New England. She was on the United Soccer Coaches All-New England first team announced earlier this week and was also a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) All-Conference first team pick.
The only New England goalie on the three All-American teams, Bowers is one of just six players in all of New England to earn United Soccer Coaches recognition. She is one of four from the NESCAC.
Bowers played every second in goal for Tufts this fall, 1,783:50 in all. She led the conference with 82 saves, including eight in the NESCAC championship game at Williams College. She also had eight saves during the regular season to help the Jumbos earn a 1-1 tie against eventual NCAA qualifier Connecticut College. She finished with 10 wins while recording a .812 save percentage and 0.96 goals against average. Her numbers were even better in 10 conference games with a .882 save percentage and 0.57 GAA. She also showed up in the scoring column by assisting on Tufts' goal in their 1-0 win over Trinity in the conference quarterfinals with a field-long drop kick.
With Bowers as the backbone, Tufts enjoyed its best season in several years under head coach Martha Whiting. They finished 10-6-3 overall including 6-2-2 in NESCAC for fourth place. After advancing to the conference championship game, the Jumbos earned their first NCAA berth since 2007.