MEDFORD - The 2018 United Soccer Coaches Division III Women's All-New England Region Teams were revealed on Monday night, with Tufts women's soccer receiving four selections. Senior goalkeeper Emily Bowers, junior defender Sarah Maloney and sophomore forwards Sophie Lloyd and Liz Reed were each recognized.
After a productive season which included an NCAA berth, this is the first time the Jumbos have had four players selected to All-Region squads dating back to 1999 (when online records began). This year includes two familiar faces from last year, as well as two new additions.
Maloney was able to cap off her a breakout season with yet another honor as she was selected to the United Soccer Coaches All-New England first team. It is her first time receiving this postseason honor. This comes just a few weeks after Maloney was selected first team all conference for her leadership in Tufts' suffocating defense during the season. Maloney made her presence felt, starting in all 19 Tufts games as the center back on a defense that allowed just 13 goals on the season. The junior was also able to contribute offensively throughout the season as she was often utilized on set pieces for her outstanding athleticism. Maloney scored two goals on the year, which was tied for second on the roster.
Forward Liz Reed also received a first team honor on the United Soccer Coaches All-New England Teams. Reed completed an outstanding sophomore season, increasing her point total to 27 this season from 15 her freshman year. She had also been named to the All-NESCAC first team in early November. Reed saw her role expand this year as a go-to scoring option when Tufts needed it most, scoring four more goals than last season on just nine extra shots. Her seven assists were tied for a conference lead, while her 10 season goals were tied for third in the conference.
Fellow sophomore forward Sophie Lloyd was named a member of the United Soccer Coaches All-New England second team for the second straight year. Lloyd started 16 of 19 games for the Jumbos after missing a few games due to injury. Despite this, Lloyd tied for a team-high in goals with 10 and assists with seven. These numbers mirrored fellow sophomore Liz Reed, placing Lloyd tied for the conference lead in assists as well. The sophomore sits at 50 career points after just two seasons, which places her eighth on the all-time Tufts scoring list.
Bowers earned her second career All-Region honor after being selected to the United Soccer Coaches All-New England third team this fall. Bowers started in all 19 games for the Jumbos during their second straight season of making the NCAA Tournament. During her four years at Tufts, Bowers broke the all-time shutout record with 28 career shutouts. She shutout 10 teams this season, marking her best collegiate season in that category. This was complemented by a career-best .851 save percentage as well as a career-best 0.67 goals against average. The goalkeeper had also been selected to the first team All-NESCAC earlier in November. Bowers cemented a historic career as a Jumbo, playing just under 6,500 career minutes in net, while increasing her win totals each season since her freshman year.
Tufts wrapped up their 2018 season with an 11-6-2 record, including 5-3-2 in the NESCAC. Tufts would enjoy success in the post-season as the fourth seed in the NECSCAC Tournament, defeating Wesleyan 2-0 in the quarterfinals. They would fall to Williams in the semi-finals 3-2 in a back-and-forth matchup.
The strong season earned the Jumbos an at large berth in the NCAA Tournament, where they would pick up a first round win over Penn St.-Behrend in Geneva, New York. They would end their season in the second round with a 1-0 overtime loss to William Smith.
Head coach Martha Whiting's Jumbos won their first NCAA Tournament game since 2007.
Written by Athletic Communications Intern Garrett Kerr