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Tufts 2, Bowdoin 1

At Brunswick, ME
Friday, October 31, 2008

Game Statistics

Jenna Castellot picked a great time for her first college goal and assist

BRUNSWICK, Me. -- The Tufts University women's soccer team rallied when it most needed to, coming from behind in the second half to earn a home-field berth into the NESCAC Tournament with a 2-1 victory against Bowdoin College on Friday afternoon.

The Jumbos (8-5, 5-4 NESCAC) will now face the Polar Bears again in two days in the first round of the conference tournament on Sunday at Kraft Field with a 12:30 pm start time. Tufts is the #4 seed and Bowdoin (7-4-3, 4-3-2) is fifth. Tufts had to wait to learn its fate, which was dependent upon the Trinity-Amherst game. Trinity had to lose for Tufts to get a home-field berth, and they did 3-0 to Amherst.

Tufts scored two second-half goals to erase a 1-0 Bowdoin lead. First-year Jenna Castellot (Newton, MA) was the catalyst to the comeback, scoring her first career points with an assist on the first goal and netting the second goal for Tufts.

The Polar Bears got on the scoreboard first when a pass by Ellery Gould was one-timed by Celeste Swain into the low right corner of the goal in the 34th minute of play. The contest went to halftime with Bowdoin holding the 1-0 lead. Tufts had a 7-3 advantage in shots for the first 45 minutes.

The Jumbos struck quickly to take the lead, beginning 15 minutes into the second half. Junior Ali Maxwell (Exeter, NH) scored her fifth goal of the season off a rebound, with Castellot credited with an assist. About three minutes later, Castellot beat a Bowdoin defender for a breakaway shot from just above the 18 that zipped into the low right corner of the goal.

Tufts sophomore goalkeeper Hannah Jacobs (Mill Valley, CA) made two of her four saves late in the game after the Jumbos had taken the lead. Tufts finished with a 16-6 margin in shots, with Bowdoin's Kelly Thomas stopping six.