Tufts 2    Bates 1    2ot

At Lewiston, ME
Saturday, October 1, 2005

Tufts (6-1, 3-1 NESCAC)   0   1   0   1   =   2
Bates (5-2, 3-2 NESCAC)   1   0   0   0   =   1

Scoring: B, Kim Alexander (unassisted) 13:00; T, Ariel Samuelson (Martha Furtek) 70:00; T, Ariel Samuelson (unassisted) 103:00.

Goalkeeping: T, Annie Ross (103:00 - 1 GA) 7 saves; B, Nini Spalding (103:00 - 2 GA) 9 saves.

Shots: T, 19; B, 22.

Corner kicks: T, 5; B, 4.

LEWISTON, Me. -- Senior forward Ariel Samuelson (Newton, MA) scored her second goal with 6:23 remaining in second overtime to vault Tufts University over host Bates College 2-1 in a NESCAC women's soccer game on Parents Day Saturday afternoon at Russell Street Field.

The victory supports Tufts' (6-1, 3-1) No. 9 national ranking, tops in New England. Bates (5-2, 3-2) stood at No. 23 in the most recent national poll, No. 3 in New England.

Samuelson's game-winner came on a rebound in front of the Bates goal, after Bates goalkeeper Nini Spalding (San Francisco) deflected Lindsay Garmirian's (Amherst, MA) shot from the left.

The swift forward also scored with 18:18 remaining in the second half, receiving a through-ball from Martha Furtek (East Falmouth, MA) for a breakaway and tucking a shot inside the left post to pull the Jumbos into a 1-1 tie with the Bobcats.

Bates grabbed a 1-0 lead 13 minutes into the game, as junior forward Kim Alexander (Cumberland, ME) knocked in a loose ball from close range. Tufts goalie Annie Ross (Newton, MA) was unable to hang onto a looping corner kick from Bates sophomore midfielder Molly Wagner (Longmeadow, MA), and Alexander, NESCAC's Player of the Week, converted the rebound for her team-high seventh goal of the season.

Ross collected seven saves in goal for Tufts. Meanwhile, after a quiet first half Spalding saved a total of nine shots for Bates, including two point-blank offerings from Samuelson that temporarily preserved Bates' lead.

The teams combined for 41 shots, including 10 by Samuelson and seven by Wagner.