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BATES UPSETS TUFTS IN FIRST ROUND OF NESCAC TOURNAMENT

COLLEGE WOMEN'S SOCCER FINAL SCORE
NESCAC Tournament First Round
Bates 2 Tufts 1 ot

At Medford, MA
Sunday, October 29, 2006

Game Box Score

SOMERVILLE – In a game dictated by the wind, Bates College senior Mary Bucci (Norfolk, MA) scored 4:49 into overtime to give the Bobcats a 2-1 upset victory at Tufts in the first round of the NESCAC women's soccer tournament on Sunday afternoon.

Seventh seed Bates (10-4) advances to the NESCAC semi-finals at Amherst next Saturday. Second seed Tufts falls to 9-4-2 and awaits a possible at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament.

With wind gusts reaching 40 miles per hour howling across Bello Field, the team with the wind at its back had a distinct advantage. Heading into overtime tied at 1-1, Bates won the coin flip to play with the wind. On the game-winning goal, Bucci smartly attempted a shot from 30 yards out that got caught by the wind and sailed into the far corner of the goal.

The statistics alone show the advantage of the wind in the game. With the wind in the first half, Bates had an 10-3 advantage in shots and 8-2 in corners. Bucci gave the Bobcats a 1-0 lead in the ninth minute by scoring with a header in the midst of a corner kick scrum.

Gaining the wind in the second half, Tufts posted advantages of 15-0 in shots and 6-0 on corners. They still went to under five minutes remaining before tying the score. The Jumbos earned a corner when Bates keeper Mia Lidofsky (Providence, RI) could not keep her balance while playing a loose ball and was literally blown over the end line. Jumbo junior Martha Furtek (East Falmouth, MA) then curled a corner toward the goal mouth and classmate Lauren Fedore (East Lansing, MI) was on the spot to tie the game at 1-1 in the 86th minute.

Both teams got six saves under difficult conditions from their keepers, Lidofsky for Bates and senior co-captain Annie Ross (Newton, MA) for the Jumbos.

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