WOMEN'S SOCCER ADVANCES TO NCAA NEW ENGLAND CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
COLLEGE WOMEN'S SOCCER FINAL SCORE
NCAA TOURNAMENT NEW ENGLAND SEMI-FINALS
Tufts 0 Bowdoin 0 2 ot
Tufts advances on penalty kicks, 5-4
at Middlebury, Vt.
Date: Saturday, November 4, 2000
SAVES: T, Randee McArdle 9; B, Sarah Farmer, 8.
SHOTS: T, 14; B, 15.
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- Sophomore midfielder Elizabeth Tooley (Syracuse, NY) found the bottom right corner of the net in the last round of penalty shots as the Tufts eliminated Bowdoin from the NCAA Tournament on Saturday afternoon, 5-4 on penalty kicks. The Jumbos will now play Wheaton College, a 3-2 winner in two overtimes against host Middlebury in the other NCAA New England semi-final.
This marked the second straight win for Tufts over Bowdoin, as they eliminated the Polar Bears from the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Tournament at Middlebury last weekend. The game was dominated in the midfield, with both teams protecting against runs by the opposition. Bowdoin had numerous opportunities in the first frame, holding a 4-0 advantage in corners, but failing to cash in. The best chance of the first half for Tufts came off an intercepted pass by senior tri-captain Sara Yeatman (Santa Monica, CA), who advanced into the box and drew Polar Bear keeper Sarah Farmer out of position. But Yeatman's shot sailed wide and the game remained scoreless.
The evenly matched teams played the entire second half and two 15-minute extra frames without a goal before the game moved into penalty kicks. The first five kicks produced no result, as the teams each had four goals apiece. On the sixth try for Bowdoin, Amory Bradley's attempt sailed wide left and opened the door for the Jumbos. Tooley fired a low shot just inside the right post, beating Farmer and ending the match.
Farmer mad eight saves in net overall, while Tufts senior tri-captain Randee McArdle (East Nassau, NY) posted her 22nd career shutout with nine stops. Bowdoin finished its season at 13-3-1, while Tufts continues in the tournament. The Jumbos are now 4-1 overall in two NCAA Tournament appearances. They were NCAA New England Champions in 1998.