October 23, 2012

Turner's Second Half Goal Earns Tie in Women's Soccer Regular Season Finale

SOMERVILLE, Mass. - The Tufts University Jumbos and the Bowdoin College Polar Bears battled to a 1-1 draw in NESCAC women's soccer action on Tuesday afternoon at Kraft Field.

The Polar Bears finish their regular season with a record of 10-3-1 (6-3-1) and will host Hamilton on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in the NESCAC quarterfinals. The contest was originally scheduled for a 12:30 p.m. With the draw, the Jumbos have been eliminated from NESCAC playoff contention and finish the season at 4-6-4 and 2-6-2 in the NESCAC.

Tufts wasted no time getting on the board first when first-year Allie Weiller took a strong lead pass from sophomore Carla Kruyff and flicked it by the keeper 35 seconds into the match. The goal was Weiller's fifth of the season.

In the second half, first-year Kiersten Turner had a pair of chances early for the Polar Bears. Both shots were 1-on-1 with Tufts junior keeper Kristin Wright. Wright was able to make two diving stops.

In the 72nd minute though, Turner buried an opportunity off a bouncing ball in the box to tie the score at 1-1. Turner now has six tallies on the year. A couple of minutes later Bowdoin sophomore Amanda Kinneston took a shot right at the doorstep of Wright that she was able to lunge at and save.

Wright made six saves in regulation time while Bowdoin first-year keeper Bridget McCarthy stopped three balls. Tufts out-shot the Polar Bears 11-9 heading into overtime.

Wright was tested early in the first overtime period on a shot by first-year Audrey Phillips that forced her to make another diving save. The Jumbos then had a shot from junior Bizzy Lincoln that trickled wide. In the second overtime, Weiller had a shot on goal for the Jumbos with about three minutes left, but McCarthy made the save easily.

Wright finished with 10 saves for the contest while McCarthy made five. Each team had 14 total shots.

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