CLINTON, N.Y. – The No. 1 Tufts University men's soccer team played to a 1-1 draw with Hamilton College in a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) on Sunday afternoon at Love Field.
|Sophomore Erich Kindermann made his second start in the tie.|
The Jumbos are now 8-2-2 on the season with a 4-1-2 record in NESCAC games. The Continentals are 5-5-2 with a 2-3-2 record in league games.
The Continentals earned the first opportunity following a foul by the Jumbos. The free kick from beyond midfield was sent into the box but a shot by Hagop Kouchakdjian went wide.
Another Continental opportunity came just minutes later. They drew a foul just outside the 18-yard box. Aidan Wood took the free kick. He attempted to send it low and around the wall, but it was blocked away.
In the 19th minute, Hamilton earned the best opportunity to that point in the contest. Wood sent a ball through the Jumbo backline for Roth Wetzel. He fired a shot with the right foot from just inside the box that forced sophomore goalkeeper Erich Kindermann to make a diving save to his right.
In the 25th minute, Tasker found himself behind the Continental backline, but his shot went wide right.
Neither team earned a strong opportunity for the remainder half as the teams headed to the break with the Jumbos up, 1-0.
Tufts nearly doubled the lead early in the second half, but the shot bounced off the crossbar. Hamilton would go on the counter-attack and draw a foul in the box. Wood took the penalty kick for the Continentals and he would send his left footed shot into the bottom left of the goal to tie the contest.
Jefri Schmidt nearly added another tally for Hamilton. A cross was sent into the left side of the box. Schmidt found enough space to fire a shot. Kindermann made the save and kept the contest tied.
Senior Zach Trevorrow sent a corner kick from the right corner to the left post, intended for Paoletta. His header went wide left, however. Just a couple of minutes later, the Jumbos stayed on the attack as Trevorrow beat a defender and fired a shot that was saved by Hamilton goalkeeper, Thomas Benson. The rebound snuck out to junior Mati Cano, but his shot went high.
With less than 20 minutes to play, the Jumbos nearly broke the tie as junior Max Jacobs fired a shot on goal that nearly beat Benson. He needed a full extension of his arm to keep the ball out of the goal. In the 75th minute, Hamilton had a pair of corner kicks, but a header shot went wide.
Following a foul on Hamilton, Lane took a free kick from about 25 yards out, but his high arcing shot went just over the goal.
With just under two minutes to go in regulation, a cross was sent to Lane on the right side of the post. His header was saved by Benson. Sophomore Zach Seigelstein fired a shot wide just a minute later from about 25 yards away from the goal.
Tasker nearly ended the contest just past the halfway point of the first overtime period. Lane sent a cross from the right side of the box to the left post. That cross found Tasker, but his header went wide left. The Jumbos earned a corner kick late in the overtime period. Trevorrow put a header on goal. However, it was saved by Benson.
With six minutes remaining in the second overtime period, Trevorrow drove down the middle of the field following a long throw by sophomore Ian Daly. Trevorrow found Tasker on the left side of the goal. His shot was sent right at Benson, who made the save. Trevorrow again almost found the game-winner with 24 seconds remaining, but his shot went wide left.
Kindermann made four saves on five shots on goal in the tie. He is 1-0-1 on the season. Benson is 5-5-2 after stopping eight of nine shots on goal.
Tufts returns to action on Saturday. They are hosting Connecticut College at Bello Field with a start time of 2:30 pm. Hamilton is off until Saturday when they host Wesleyan in a NESCAC matchup. They are slated to start at 1:30 pm.