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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.