Teams: Women's Soccer: Schedule & Results
JUMBOS ELIMINATED FROM NESCAC TOURNAMENT IN PENALTY KICKS ROUND
COLLEGE WOMEN'S SOCCER FINAL SCORE
NESCAC Tournament Semi-final
Bowdoin 1, Tufts 1
(Bowdoin advances on penalty kicks, 4-2)
At Williamstown, MA
Saturday, November 3, 2007
Game Box Score
WILLIAMSTOWN -- Tied at 1-1 after 110 minutes of regulation and overtime
play, Tufts and Bowdoin went to the penalty kicks round to determine the
winner of their NESCAC Tournament semi-final on Saturday at Williams
College. The Polar Bears scored on all four of their shoot-out kicks and
got a save from Kat Popoff and a Tufts miss to prevail, 4-2, and advance
to the conference tournament final against Williams on Sunday. Tufts
(12-3-1) now awaits a possible NCAA Tournament at-large berth.
Tufts notched the first goal of the contest at 13:27
moments after the Jumbos had cleaned up a loose corner kick by Bowdoin.
Sophomore Fanna Gamal (Albany, CA) streaked into the left side of
the box and crossed a beautiful ball to the far post where Cara
Cadigan (Nahant, MA) elevated and headed the ball down just under
the left hand of Popoff. The goal was the 17th of the season for Cadigan,
extending her Tufts single-season record.
Bowdoin responded by turning up the pressure on offense
and managed to set up six corner opportunities to none for the Jumbos in
the opening half, but the Polar bears were unable to net a goal. Tufts
took a 1-0 lead into the break.
Bowdoin climbed right back into the game just over six
minutes into the second half when after a blistering shot by Ann Zeigler
from the left of Tufts' goalie Kate Minnehan (Hopkinton, NH)
resulted in a wild scramble in front of the goal. Several players on
both teams got a piece of the ball and eventually the ball trickled to
the right foot of Molly Duffy who tucked it inside the right post to tie
the score at 1-1 at 51:10.
Bowdoin came knocking again at 67:04 when Zeigler was
led into the box on the left, but her left-footed blast went up over the
crossbar. Tufts appeared to be ready to take the lead at 77:34 when a
Bowdoin player somehow got a foot on a Tufts shot at the goal line and
deflected the ball back out of the box. Cadigan went into the left side
of the box with a defender on her at 82:06 and fired a low shot back
across the goal that Popoff was able to dive and corral.
The first overtime session was uneventful and neither team could muster
a shot. In the second overtime stanza an alert Minnehan was able to dive
and prevent a looming own goal just 16 seconds in. The Jumbos again sent
Cadigan through the backline with a pretty pass, but Popoff was just
able to get there in time to smother her shot at 95:51. Bowdoin tested
Minnehan at 98:38 when Dana Riker crossed the ball to Christina Aceto,
who one-timed a hard shot on goal that Minnehan controlled. Bowdoin's
Popoff was called on to make one last save in the OT. Off a cross ball
she came off her line and deflected a blast from the top of the box off
her upper body to a defender who managed a booming clear.
On the day Bowdoin's Popoff made six saves and Tufts' Minnehan
finished with five saves. The game goes down as a tie, and with it both
teams now have identical 12-3-1 records.