MEDFORD – Two second half goals by sophomore Zach Seigelstein aided the #1 Tufts University men's soccer team to a 4-0 victory over Colby College in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) play at Bello Field on Saturday afternoon.
|Junior Alex Ratzan has tallied goals in three of the last four games.|
The Jumbos improve to 6-0-0 overall with a 2-0-0 record in NESCAC play while the Mules fall to 4-2-0 on the season with a 1-2-0 record in NESCAC contests.
The Jumbos controlled most of the possession in the first half and earned four corner kicks in the first 17 minutes of play. However, they did not earn a strong opportunity from the corners. They did strike in the 20th minute to break the scoreless tie. Senior Gavin Tasker drove down the left wing and chipped a ball through the Mule backline that found a crashing classmate Joe Braun. Braun one-touched the pass to the middle of the goal which beat the diving Mule goalkeeper, Matt Morin.
Nine minutes later, Tufts extended their lead on junior Alex Ratzan's four goal of the season. A corner kick by Seigelstein was deflected away. After some strong ball control, junior Max Jacobs fired a shot that was blocked and Ratzan found himself in the right place in the right time as he collected the rebound and fired a shot into the top left of the goal.
In the 53th minute, Colby earned their first opportunity of the contest when Jared Wood took a corner kick. His service went towards the middle of the box but was headed wide by Kevin Traroe.
Tufts added another tally in the 64th minute as Seigelstein earned his first goal of the season when he beat Stanley Clarke in the top right of the goal. Ratzan setup Seigelstein who fired his shot from just outside the 18-yard box.
The best opportunity in the contest for Colby to get on the board came on a shot by Collin Sullivan. However, it was right at junior goalkeeper Will Harned as he made the save. The shot came from the right side of the box and forced Harned to come off his line a step and drop to his knees before the ball took a bounce.
Seigelstein would strike again in the 76th minute after the Jumbos earned a penalty kick. A Colby foul came inside the 18-yard box. Seigelstein's second of the game and on the season would beat Clarke on the right side of the goal.
The Jumbos controlled most of the possession in the contest. Anytime the Mules attempted to respond to the strong play by Tufts, they would not be able to get anything going as the Jumbos applied constant pressure on both sides of the ball.
Harned made one save on one shot on goal in the win. He is now 6-0-0 on the season. Morin made two saves on four shots on goal in the losing effort. He is now 3-1-0 on the season. Clarke came on in relief and made four saves on six shots on goal.
Tufts returns to action on Saturday, September 28th, on the road at Bates in NESCAC play. They are scheduled to start at 3 pm. The Mules have a quick turnaround as they are head further south to play Wesleyan. They start at 2:30 pm.