Dunlap '18 nets goal, assist in women's soccer semifinal setback

Katja Dunlap '18 (Michael P. Doherty photo)
Katja Dunlap '18 (Michael P. Doherty photo)

Tufts University's Sophie Lloyd broke a 2-2 tie with a goal in the 71st minute and lifted the Jumbos to a 3-2 win against the Hamilton College Continentals in a 2017 NESCAC Women's Soccer Championship semifinal at Williams College's Cole Field on Saturday afternoon.

Katja Dunlap '18 posted a goal and an assist for Hamilton, which was the sixth seed for the championship. Emily Dumont '18 made four saves as the Continentals allowed more than one goal in a game for just the third time all year. Hamilton entered the weekend 18th in Division III with a 0.48 goals against average.

Lloyd finished with two goals and leads fourth-seeded Tufts with 10 this season. Liz Reed added her sixth goal and was credited with an assist. The first-year duo has combined to score 16 of the Jumbos' 23 goals. Emily Bowers stopped three shots.

Tufts (10-4-3 overall) trailed 2-1 at the half but Reed tied the score in the 65th minute when she went in alone on a breakaway, moved around Dumont, and deposited the ball into the back of the net. Reed set up Lloyd's game-winner with 19:26 left in the second half. Reed came down the flank and crossed the ball to Lloyd, who scored with a low, powerful touch.

The Continentals (10-5-2) grabbed a 1-0 lead just 39 seconds into the first half. Dunlap sent a cross from the left corner into the 6-yard box where it skipped past Cat Gambino '21 before Katie Kreider '18 tapped the ball in from point-blank range on the right side of the goal mouth. For Kreider, it was the third goal this year and the 15th of her career.

Lloyd tied the score in the 21st minute when she caused a turnover deep in Hamilton's defensive end. She dribbled from the right side to the top of the 18-yard box and chipped a low shot that snuck just inside the left post.

The Continentals moved back in front in the 35th minute. Jessie Murray '19 sent a low corner kick from the right side that bounced and was then kicked by Maddie Dale '20 directly to Dunlap on the right side of the 6-yard box. Dunlap one-timed a shot into the wide open left side of the net for her third goal this season and 12th of her Hamilton career. She leads the team with eight points this year.

The teams finished with 10 shots and two corner kicks apiece.

The Continentals were playing in the NESCAC semifinals for the first time since they joined the conference for soccer in 2011. Hamilton, which is ranked seventh in the New England Region by the NCAA, had won its last five games. Today was the first postseason meeting between the programs since a memorable NCAA second round match at Hamilton in 2007 when they played to a 2-2 tie and the Continentals advanced to the third round on penalty kicks.

The Jumbos are 10-10-5 in the NESCAC championship and will play for their first conference title since 2002. Tufts has scored five of the 11 goals Hamilton has allowed this year as the Jumbos posted a 2-0 win in Clinton back on Oct. 8. Tufts is ranked sixth in the New England Region by the NCAA.