Fontana ’20 nets equalizer in women’s soccer tie at No. 22 Tufts

Alex Fontana '20 (Josh McKee photo)
Alex Fontana '20 (Josh McKee photo)

The Hamilton College women's soccer team wrapped up a NESCAC weekend road trip with a 1-1 tie against the nationally ranked No. 22/RV Tufts University Jumbos in Medford, Mass., on Sunday.

Hamilton (3-2-3, 3-2-2 NESCAC) picked up its second straight draw. The Continentals also tied 1-1 at Wesleyan University on Saturday in Middletown, Conn. Tufts (6-2-1, 3-1-1) tied for the first time this season.

After being held scoreless in a 3-0 conference loss against No. 20/19 Amherst on Saturday, the Jumbos wasted no time gaining an early 1-0 lead when Tally Clark headed the ball into the net just 33 seconds into the contest off a cross by Taylor Koscho.

Alex Fontana '20 responded for Hamilton in the 36th minute with her second goal of the season. Defender, Jessie Murray '19 started the run when she intercepted the ball in Hamilton's zone and passed up to Katie McKillop '19 in the midfield who dribbled the ball up the left sideline. A Tufts defender knocked the ball away and attempted to clear the zone but Murray denied the try, dribbling around three defenders towards the box and passed across to Fontana at the top of the penalty arc. Fontana faked a shot, tapped the ball around the defender and placed a shot perfectly inside the far post.

Kristin Hughes '20 had a chance to give Hamilton the lead in the 60th minute when she launched a shot from 20 yards but Tufts' keeper, Emily Bowers (five saves) grabbed the ball just below the crossbar. Murray again showed off her footwork in the 74th minute when she maneuvered around two Jumbos into the penalty box but her shot was blocked by a defender.

Murray came up big in the final minute of regulation when the Jumbos' Sophie Lloyd had an open lane towards Rachel Pike '21 (seven saves) but Murray caught up with Lloyd, pushed her off the ball and the off-balanced shot rolled into Pike's arms.

Olivia Rodrigues '21 had the best chance for the Continentals with 2:20 left in the second overtime period when she fired a shot from the top of the box that bounced off the crossbar.

Hamilton travels to Amherst College on Saturday, Oct. 6 for a NESCAC game against the Mammoths at noon.