Tufts 2    Bowdoin 1 ot

at Brunswick, Maine
Saturday, Octoaber 5, 2002

Tufts (5-2-0) 0 1 1 = 2
Bowdoin (7-1-1) 1 0 0 = 1

SCORING: B, Shelly Chessie (unassisted) 25:55; T, Jen Baldwin (Lindsay Garmirian) 60:59; T, Cara Classanos (Alle Sharlip) 94:51.

SAVES: T - Meg McCourt 4; B - Anna Shapell 20.

BRUNSWICK, Maine The Tufts women's soccer team stated its case as a NESCAC leader this fall with a 2-1 overtime victory at Bowdoin College on Saturday. It was Bowdoin's first loss of the season. The Polar Bears were ranked 13th nationally this week. For Tufts, it was a third straight win and a 3-1 record in NESCAC.

Just 4:51 into overtime, senior co-captain Cara Glassanos (Hingham, MA) headed a corner kick by classmate and fellow captain Alle Sharlip (Kentfield, CA) into the net, giving the Jumbos a crucial 2-1 NESCAC victory. With the win, the Jumbos now sit atop the conference standings in a tie with Williams. Bowdoin dropped to third place.

It appeared that Bowdoin would continue its winning streak when Shelly Chessie converted on a Tufts turnover in the box at the 25:55 mark, giving the Polar Bears an early 1-0 lead. A resilient Jumbos squad pulled even at the 60:59 point of the second half when sophomore Jen Baldwin (Medway, MA) drilled a Lindsay Garmirian (Amherst, MA) pass into the Polar Bear net. The score remained knotted at 1-1 through regulation, despite several scoring opportunities for both squads.

Anna Shapell delivered another outstanding game in net for Bowdoin, making twenty saves, while the victorious keeper, sophomore Meg McCourt (Rochester, NH) was forced to stop just four challenges.

The Jumbos now have NESCAC wins over Amherst, Bates and Bowdoin. They play a non-conference match against local rival Brandeis on Tuesday, then travel for a NESCAC match at Trinity on Saturday.