Men’s Soccer Defeats No. 14 Middlebury, 2-0, Saturday Afternoon

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – The Tufts University men's soccer team scored a pair of goals during the first six minutes, 19 seconds of its 2-0 NESCAC Conference victory over No. 14 Middlebury Saturday afternoon in Middlebury, Vermont. Tufts snapped Middlebury's 16-game unbeaten streak, as the Jumbos were the first team to defeat the Panthers this season. 

Zachary Trevorrow posted his first collegiate goal 6:19 into the game.

The game was special for sophomore back Jackson Najjar and freshman midfielder/back Zachary Trevorrow, as the two athletes posted their first collegiate goals for the Jumbos (5-3-2, 3-1-2 in NESCAC). The Jumbos' balanced attack has been noteworthy all year long, as the squad now has 10 different goal scorers, along with 15 players registering at least one point.

The team is undefeated in three consecutive games and six of its last seven, dating back to Sept. 17. The Jumbos now have 11 conference points, and climbed from the No. 6 slot into a tie currently for the No. 2 spot with the Panthers in the conference standings.  

Najjar found the back of the net 59 seconds into the contest, as he aggressively went into the middle of the 18-yard box and netted a great cross off a free kick by junior midfielder Kevin Halliday. Trevorrow also scored his goal by being hungry inside the penalty box, as he fired a shot from 8 yards out, beating Panthers senior goalkeeper Greg Sydor during the seventh minute. A corner kick from the right side by senior midfielder Kevin Lawson led to the opportunity in the box. 

Junior midfielder Tyler Kulcsar nearly gave the Jumbos a three-goal lead during the 23rd minute, as he fired a shot from outside the 18-yard box, which forced Sydor to deflect the attempt out of bounds for a corner kick. 

Senior forward Greg Conrad applied a great deal of pressure for the Panthers all night, as he posted a game-high seven shots, with two of them being on target. Jumbos senior goalkeeper Scott Greenwood was able to turn aside both of the shots on goal by Conrad. The Panthers applied a great deal of pressure in the final 15 minutes of the first half, but the Jumbos' stout defensive until answered all the challenges. 

Greenwood (4-2-1) made five saves en route to recording his fourth shutout of the season. The Weymouth, Massachusetts, native now has a program-leading 31 career shutouts. Sydor (6-1-2) recorded seven saves, as he suffered his first loss in net this season for the Panthers.

Each team recorded 12 shots in the contest, while the Jumbos held a 9-5 advantage in the shots-on-goal category. The Panthers held a 9-5 advantage in terms of corner kicks, while each team suffered one yellow-card booking. The Jumbos were guilty of 14 infractions, while the Panthers were whistled for nine fouls. 

The Jumbos will travel to New London, Connecticut, for a 2 p.m. matchup against Connecticut College next Saturday (Oct. 15), and then the squad will compete against Trinity on Sunday (Oct. 16) at 3:30 p.m. in Hartford, Connecticut. The Jumbos will return to Bello Field on Wednesday (Oct. 19) for a 4 p.m. tilt against Keene State.