BABSON PARK – The No. 1 Tufts University men's soccer team suffered their first loss of the 2019 season after falling to Babson College by a 2-0 score at Hartwell-Rogers Field on Tuesday afternoon.
|Junior Calvin Aroh led all players with five shots.|
The loss snaps a 30-game unbeaten streak for the Jumbos who are now 8-1-1 on the season. Babson improves to 6-4-2.
The Jumbos jumped on the attack early as senior Zach Lane drove down the right side of the field and won a contested battle to get into the 18-yard box. He looked to pass as he was driving towards goal and found classmate Brett Rojas who got two shots way. The first was blocked, but he collected the ricochet and that shot was saved by the Beaver goalkeeper Steven Heintzelman.
In the eighth minute, Mitchell Collins took back-to-back corner kicks for the Beavers. However, neither resulted in strong scoring chances for the hosts. However, Alex Crompton soon found free space after a chip pass into the box. His shot beat an attacking junior goalkeeper Will Harned and gave Babson an early 1-0 lead.
Tufts drew a foul just outside the top left of the 18-yard box. Rojas looked to put it on goal, but it was deflected away by Babson. Rojas took the ensuing corner kick which was deflected out again. His second corner found the back post, but this one was cleared away.
On a strong drive down the left wing by senior Gavin Tasker, he cut into the middle of the field about 20 yards away from the goal. He fired a shot with his right foot that forced Heintzelman to make a diving save to his left. The rebound slid out to the left post. However, the Babson defense was there to clear the ball away.
The Beavers drew a foul while attacking. They sent a ball into the box that found Liam Hanlon. His shot was blocked, but Eamon Keenan found the rebound and beat Harned which gave Babson a 2-0 lead in the 27th minute.
Babson had a series of corner kicks with less than 10 minutes to play in the half, however there were no strong opportunities for the Beavers to add on.
Tufts opened the second half with nearly 20 minutes of constant pressure on the hosts. The best opportunity came in the 62nd minute. Junior Travis Van Brewer sent a short corner kick that bounced up and over to the far post. The 50-50 ball was corralled by Heintzelman. The Beavers responded to that chance with a strong shot by Samuel Smith. That forced Harned off his line to make the save.
The Jumbos earned another corner kick just a couple of minutes later that allowed senior Zach Trevorrow a shot on goal, but that was saved. In the 78th minute, Tasker fired a shot from about 25-yards out. The shot was saved and deflected out over the goal.
After drawing a foul near the left wing, Jumbo sophomore Zach Seigelstein sent a ball to the far post. That found junior Mati Cano, but his shot was blocked and the ensuing header by senior Joe Braun went wide.
In the remaining minutes, the Jumbos earned opportunities to find the back of the goal with scrappy chances. Cano, sophomore Ian Daly, and junior Calvin Aroh all fired shots on goal that were either saved or blocked by the Beaver defense.
The Jumbos earned a pair of corner kicks late, but couldn't get any shots away.
Tufts outshot the Beavers, 26-12, with 16 of their shots coming in the second half. They also earned 13 corner kicks to Babson's seven.
Harned suffers his first loss and is now 7-1-1 after making one save on three shots on goal. Heintzelman made nine saves on nine shots on goal in the win. He improves to 4-3-2.
The Jumbos continue on the road and return to NESCAC play when they head to No. 2 Amherst College on Saturday for a 2:30 pm start. The Beavers also return to conference play on the road. They head to Emerson College on Saturday for a 1 pm start.