NEW LONDON, Conn. – Sophomore Kat Norton (Hampton, Conn.) scored her league-leading 10th goal of the season, but it wasn't enough, as No. 23 Tufts rallied to earn a 2-1 overtime victory over the Connecticut College women's soccer team in its final home match of the season at Freeman Field on Saturday afternoon.
After a scoreless first half which saw the Camels hold a narrow 6-5 edge in shots, Norton broke the scoreless deadlock in the 51st minute by finishing a header pass from junior Alyssa Kogelmann (Guilderland, N.Y.). Tufts, however, struck right back in the 65th minute when Sarah Maloney received a cross from Sophie Lloyd and shot the ball in from point-blank range on a missed save attempt by junior goalkeeper Sarah Williams (Sherborn, Mass.).
The teams were unable to settle the score in regulation and headed to overtime. Junior captain Zoe Stublarec (Rockfall, Conn.) had the first major opportunity between the teams to net the golden goal, but her attempt bounced off the crossbar. The Camels had another chance to end the match when Norton sent a shot high, but it was the Jumbos who were able to capitalize before time expired in the first extra frame. Liz Reed broke the tie and provided the difference by one-touching a pass off her left foot with just 1:21 on the clock.
Emily Bowers made six saves between the pipes to earn the win for Tufts (8-2-2, NESCAC 4-1-2), which was outshot by a 17-14 margin and had a 6-4 advantage in corner kicks. Williams, who entered the match in the second half, took the loss after redirecting five Jumbo shots.
Connecticut College (7-5, NESCAC 2-5), which has lost four of its conference matches by a single goal, next travels to face Trinity on Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m.