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Women’s Soccer Draws With No. 12 Tufts, 2-2, in Pivotal NESCAC Matchup

Kat Norton

MEDFORD, Mass. – Junior Kat Norton (Hampton, Conn.) moved up to second on the program's all-time list for goals scored by netting the 25th marker of her career as the Connecticut College women's soccer team played No. 12 Tufts to a 2-2 tie in double overtime on Saturday afternoon at Kraft Field.

The teams traded goals in a span of 20 seconds during the middle of the opening half and spent most of the match in a deadlock. Kylie Metcalf put the Jumbos on the board first at the 21:55 mark by finishing a pass from Liz Reed, but the Camels had an immediate answer and evened the score when junior Tori Kretzmer (Glastonbury, Conn.) found the back of the net shortly afterwards. The teams eventually went into the recess tied with the Jumbos holding a 7-4 advantage in total shots and a 2-0 edge in corner kicks.

Connecticut College took its first lead in the 52nd minute when sophomore Bella Patino found Norton for her eighth marker of the season and third in the last two matches. Norton, who entered the match tied for second in the program annals for goals scored with Betsy Woods '97 and Christa Toeresz '05, ended the afternoon alone in second in the program annals with 25 career goals. The junior now only trails Kim Hernandez '99, who racked up 44 goals during her illustrious career.

The Camels were able to maintain their one-goal lead through most of the second half, but Tufts (10-1-2, NESCAC 6-1-1) was able to strike late to knot up the score and force overtime when Lily Sykes scored on an unassisted play with just 1:06 remaining in regulation. Both squads then unleashed three shots apiece over the next 20 minutes and were unable to convert.

Hayley Bernstein made four saves for Tufts, which ended the match with a 16-10 advantage in total shots, while Camel junior Katy Pelletier (Topsfield, Mass.) redirected five shots at the other end. The Jumbos also attempted six of the match's eight corner kicks.

Connecticut College (9-3-1, NESCAC 4-3-1) will next host Hamilton in a matchup which should have large implications for placing in the NESCAC standings as well as postseason play on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 11:30 a.m. The nine-member senior class will be recognized prior to the contest.