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SOMERVILLE -- Junior Jamie Love-Nichols (Cortez, CO) scored her fourth goal of the season early in the second half, propelling the Tufts University Jumbos over the Bowdoin College Polar Bears, 1-0, on Friday afternoon in the NESCAC women's soccer regular-season finale at Kraft Field. The victory coupled with an Amherst loss clinched the #1 seed in the conference tournament for the Jumbos.
Tufts had several attempts to secure a lead early in the first half including a sequence five minutes into the match that saw multiple shots in the box blocked by Bowdoin defenders. Bowdoin senior keeper Kat Flaherty (Fairfield, CT) recorded two saves in the half as Tufts held an 8-3 shot advantage. Sophomore Phoebe Hanley (Mamaroneck, NY) tallied one save for the Jumbos going into halftime.
Love-Nichols got onto the board for Tufts with 41:01 to go in the second as she corralled a loose ball in the box and snuck it to the far right post. Two minutes later the Jumbos nearly doubled their lead when junior Olivia Rowse (Falmouth, ME) took a lead pass and got by the defense, but struck a hard ball wide left.
The Tufts defense, as it has done all year, clamped down with the one-goal lead, allowing just one Bowdoin shot the entire second half. Hanley turned that one attempt away to finish with two saves in the shutout. The Jumbos have shut out their opponents eight times on the season, and have allowed just six goals in 13 games. Tufts' opponents have scored once in the last eight games.
Finishing at 6-1-2 in the NESCAC and standing at 8-2-3 overall, the Jumbos as the #1 seed will host #8 Bates at 12:30 pm on Sunday in the first round of the tournament. Bowdoin (6-6-2, 3-5-1 NESCAC) will enter the tournament as the #7 seed and they will travel to take on #2 Amherst on Sunday.