MEDFORD, Mass. - Bowdoin's Audrey Phillips scored the game-winning goal in the second half to give the Polar Bear women's soccer team a 3-2 win over Tufts on the final day of the regular season Wednesday.
With the win, the Polar Bears (11-2-1, 7-2-1 NESCAC) earn the third seed for the upcoming NESCAC Tournament that begins this weekend. The Jumbos (8-6-0, 5-5-0 NESCAC) will be the sixth seed and the teams will battle again at Pickard Field in Brunswick in the quarterfinal round at 1:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon.
In a back-and-forth affair, the Polar Bears never trailed but could not put the Jumbos away. The game was tied at halftime 1-1 with Bowdoin scoring first in the 13th minute when junior Abby Einwag delivered a pass from the left sideline to sophomore Jamie Hofstetter. Hofstetter was able to beat Tufts senior keeper Kristin Wright to the far post for her sixth goal of the season.
The equalizer for the Jumbos came three minutes before halftime started by a corner kick from senior Amanda Neveu. The Bowdoin defense couldn't clear the box and Tufts first-year Robin Estus pounced on the loose ball for her second tally of the year.
Just two minutes into the second half Tufts senior Anya Kaufmann had a chance for a go-ahead goal, but McCarthy came up big with a save on the Jumbos' leading scorer. Bowdoin regained the lead in the 55th minute when Kiersten Turner's initial shot was blocked, but the rebound came right back to Turner and she tapped the ball into the open net.
It only took eight minutes for Tufts to tie the score again in the 63rd minute. Bowdoin's McCarthy came out to clear the ball away from the top-right side of the box, but Tufts first year Jess Capone blocked it, gained control, and delivered a pass to the middle for junior Victoria Stoj. Stoj recorded her third goal of the season to deadlock the contest a second time.
The Polar Bears scored the game-winning goal in the 70th minute when Phillips took a shot from just outside the box on the left side and hooked it inside the far-right post.
Tufts had a 15-8 shot advantage for the contest. McCarthy made five saves for the Polar Bears while Wright had two stops for the Jumbos. The teams are 2-2-1 against each other over the last five meetings dating back to 2009.