MEDFORD, Mass.

The Bowdoin College men’s soccer team will be the second or third seed for the upcoming NESCAC Tournament following a scoreless 0-0 tie at first place Tufts on Tuesday afternoon.

The Polar Bears (10-3-2, 6- 2-2 NESCAC) will post their highest regular season finish since the 2010 campaign and will host either Hamilton, Williams or Middlebury on Saturday, pending results on the final day of the regular season today.

Bowdoin extended its scoreless minute streak to 376:56 with its third consecutive shutout.

One of the only opportunities in the first half came in the 42nd minute when Bowdoin sent a cross into the box, where Moctar Niang was waiting and looked poised to head the ball on goal. But Jumbo keeper Bruce Johnson was able to cut the pass off just in time.

The best chance for either team in the second half came in the 84th minute when Tufts’ Kevin Halliday sent a cross into the box that was meant for Zach Lane, but goalie Stevie Van Siclen was able to lay out and punch the ball away.

In overtime, a Bowdoin cross was sent into the box. Tufts attempted to make a clear, with the ball deflecting off a Jumbos defender before striking the crossbar. The ball rebounded and a shot was immediately taken by Jason Oliver that was hit straight at Johnson, who was still on the ground after jumping for the initial incoming deflection. Johnson made the save to put the Jumbos out of danger.

Van Siclen made three saves in his school record 25th career shutout. Tufts held a 9-3 edge in shots for the contest.

Women’s soccer

A single first-half goal led Tufts over Bowdoin in the regular-season finale for both squads on Tuesday afternoon, 1-0.

The Jumbos will be the fourth seed for the upcoming NESCAC Tournament and will host a quarterfinal match on Saturday. The Polar Bears (9-5-1, 4-5-1) will be the eighth seed and will travel to play at top-seeded Williams on Saturday.

After a scoreless first 30 minutes, the Jumbos broke the scoreless tie at the 34:38 mark when forward Mariah Harvey-Brown sent a pass up the field to Paige Vigliotta, who collected it and took a shot that found the back of the net.

The Polar Bears had an opportunity with 7:43 left in the first half as the ball was sent to the middle of the box, bouncing in front of the goal before Jumbo goalkeeper Emily Bowers dove on the loose ball, maintaining the one-goal lead at halftime.

After a pair of early saves in the second half by Bowdoin’s Rachel Stout, Bowdoin put pressure on the Jumbo defense, putting up seven shots over the remainder of the period. At 73:59, Morgen Gallagher dribbled it down the length of the field on the left side and got to the edge of the box and took a deep shot that hit the crossbar, barely missing the equalizer.

Moments later, forward Julia Patterson carried deep into Tufts territory, made a cutback and used her right foot to take a shot on net, but goaltender Emily Bowers was there to secure the 1-0 win.

Bowdoin owned a 14-9 edge in shots and 1-0 advantage in corner kicks.

Stout made three saves in the loss.



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