|Senior co-captain Carrie Wilson scored a shootout goal for Tufts
SOMERVILLE -- After a scoreless tie through 110 minutes, the #8 seed Bates College Bobcats stunned the #1 seed Tufts University Jumbos in penalty kicks, 3-2, to advance in the 2010 NESCAC Women's Soccer Championship on Sunday afternoon at Kraft Field.
In the first half of play, each team had a solid scoring chance. Only eight minutes into the half, Tufts junior Alix Michael (Mercer Island, WA) launched a shot from the top of the box that Bates junior keeper Annie Burns (Topsfield, MA) was able punch over the crossbar after leaping into the air. Burns made four saves total in the first frame for the Bobcats.
Sophomore Phoebe Hanley (Mamaroneck, NY) made the start in goal for the Jumbos and she was credited with two saves in the first 45 minutes, including a tough stop made on Bates junior Courtney Talcott's (Millbury, MA) scoring attempt 18 minutes into the match.
The Jumbos controlled the flow of the game throughout the afternoon, finishing with 20 shots to just six from Bates. Both teams had their defense aided by a very strong wind.
Tufts almost put the match away four minutes into the first overtime period when senior Sarah Nolet (Los Altos, CA) tried to sneak a header in off of a corner kick, but Burns was up to the task for Bates. The Bobcats also had an opportunity to win it in the overtime session on junior Lauren Dobish's (Chambersburg, PA) shot to the right post that Jumbo first-year keeper Kristin Wright (Austin, TX) was able to track down.
Tufts shot first during the penalty kicks as senior Carrie Wilson (Longmeadow, MA) put it home by Burns going top right shelf. Junior Alex Vandeventer (North Attleboro, MA) answered back for Bates as she struck the ball off the crossbar and into the net by Wright.
Bates took a 2-1 advantage after Burns made a diving save to her right on Nolet's try and junior Amanda Sirianni (Holliston, MA) scored on the left side of the net against Wright. Junior Lauren O'Connor (Dudley, MA) evened it up for the Jumbos and then Tufts was aided by the post on junior Tina Tobin's (Lowell, MA) third-round attempt.
In the fourth round, Burns made another diving stop, this time on senior Bailey Morgan's (San Antonio, TX) attempt. Sophomore Bud Arens (Weymouth, MA) would then strike the crossbar with her shot and the ball would just barely stay out of the net.
Tied at 2-2 in the final round, Burns made a third save in the penalty kicks, moving to her left on Michael's attempt. Senior Meredith Poore (Duxbury, MA) would then win it for the Bobcats, getting it by the out-stretched arms of Wright.
For the Jumbos, this is the third time in the last four years that they have been ousted from the NESCAC tournament on penalty kicks. Tufts now stands at 8-2-4 overall after earning the top seed in the tournament with 6-1-2 conference record.
Bates moves to 6-7-2 and will take on #2 Amherst in the semifinals of the tournament on Saturday.
Burns finished with eight saves in the game for the Bobcats. Wright had two stops in 65 minutes for Tufts.