MEDFORD – The New England Small College Athletic Conference's (NESCAC) top four women's soccer teams will be in action at Kraft Field this weekend (Nov. 9-10) as Tufts University hosts the conference semifinals and championship game.
Head coach Martha Whiting's Tufts team received the #1 seed in the conference after posting a 7-2-1 record against NESCAC teams this fall. The Jumbos then defeated Bowdoin College 2-1 in the second overtime period in the NESCAC Quarterfinals at Kraft this past Saturday to earn the right to host this weekend's action.
Top seed Tufts (12-2-2) will take on fourth-seed Amherst College (12-3-1) in Saturday's first semifinal game starting at 11 am. Second-seed Middlebury College (12-1-3) and third-seed Williams College (9-4-2) meet in the second semifinal on Saturday at 1:30 pm. The winners will play for the 2019 NESCAC title on Sunday at 1 pm.
Tufts is the #1 seed in the conference tournament for the first time since 2010 and the fourth time overall including 2002 and 2005. The Jumbos will be playing for their second conference title at home this weekend. They won the NESCAC crown in 2002 and have four championship game appearances overall (also 2000, 2005 and 2017).
The Jumbos defeated Amherst 2-1 on the road during the regular season on October 12. Alexa Jauarez scored an early goal for the Mammoths, but the Jumbos came back to win it with second-half scores by juniors Sophie Lloyd and Liz Reed. The Middlebury and Williams teams in the other semifinal are the only two teams to defeat the Jumbos during the regular-season, the Ephs by a 2-1 score on September 7 and Middlebury 1-0 on October 26.
Tufts enters the weekend ranked third in NESCAC scoring 2.38 goals per contest. The Jumbos are also the third-ranked team defensively in the league with a 0.60 goals against mark.
After advancing to their third-straight NESCAC semifinal with the win over Bowdoin last Saturday, Tufts now has a 12-12-5 overall record in conference tournament play.
Sunday's champion will receive an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament which begins November 16-17. The three other squads will have good chances at earning NCAA at-large berths.