SOMERVILLE – The #4 seeded Tufts Jumbos played #5 Trinity in a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) quarterfinal match-up on Kraft Field this afternoon. Jumbo junior goalkeeper Emily Bowers not only made one save in the contest, but she recorded the assist on freshman forward Sophie Lloyd's goal in the second half to give Tufts a 1-0 win.
|Goalkeeper Emily Bowers collected the first assist in her college career|
The Bantams' (7-7-2) season came to an end after a comeback in the NESCAC standings winning five out of their last six conference games. The Jumbos (9-4-3) will advance to the semifinal game against #6 seeded Hamilton after they beat #3 ranked Middlebury 1-0 today. The semifinals and championship game will be hosted by #1 seeded Williams College after they beat #8 ranked Bowdoin 4-0.
There was limited action in the first half between Tufts and Trinity with only a few scoring chances for both sides. With 31:19 left in the first half, a Bantam forward drove deep into the box where Jumbo sophomore Sarah Maloney stepped up and made a sliding tackle to prevent a shot attempt. With 13:18 left on the clock, Trinity freshman midfielder Cami Beath dribbled from the middle of the box towards the right side, cut back and took a shot but missed just high. At the 36:27 mark, Jumbo senior Margaret Zahrah had possession deep in the Bantam box and passed it back to senior teammate Mariah Harvey-Brown who made a sliding shot attempt, but it went high just missing the crossbar.
At the 67:32 mark in the second half, Trinity sophomore midfielder Rhone O'Hara took a direct kick into the box where senior Sarah Connors made a header attempt but found Bowers' hands in the center of the goal.
The second half of the quarterfinal match continued to be a back and forth battle until the 70th minute, when goalkeeper Emily Bowers drop kicked the ball from the edge of the Jumbo box and it sailed over the entire Trinity defensive line. Jumbo freshman Sophie Lloyd chased down the ball, took one dribble and sent a shot on goal that found the back of the net on the right side to put the Tufts squad up 1-0. That was Lloyd's eighth goal of the season and Bowers' first assist.
The Tufts defense stayed strong and only allowed two shots in both halves for a total of four which limited the Bantams' opportunity to score. The Jumbos put on the pressure from an offensive standpoint as they took 10 shots in the second half.
Bowers (9-4-3) made one save and Bantam senior goalkeeper Julia Pitino (5-5-2) made four saves.
The Jumbos had the edge in shots 12-4 and Trinity had more corner kicks 6-5. Tufts committed 12 fouls and Trinity was called for nine.
The semifinal game against Hamilton will be played at Williams College next Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Head coach Martha Whiting's Jumbos are in the NESCAC "final four" for the first time since 2013.
Written by Colin Mason, Athletic Communications Intern
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