MEDFORD – The No. 12 Tufts University men's soccer team got back into the win column with a 2-0 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) victory over No. 11 Connecticut College at Bello Field on Saturday afternoon.
|Senior Joe Braun is now tied for the team-lead with 10 points.|
The Jumbos improve to 9-2-2 on the season with a 5-1-2 record in NESCAC games. The Camels fall to 7-3-2 overall with a 4-2-2 record in league contests.
The Jumbos jumped on the attack early with a strong home crowd behind them. Senior Gavin Tasker was strong on the ball as he beat his man to a loose ball in the middle of the field. He would chip a pass forward to classmate Zach Lane. Lane managed to find senior Joe Braun on the right side of the 18-yard box and getting in towards goal. Braun fired a shot that went just wide left.
About two minutes later, Tufts earned the first corner kick. Junior Travis Van Brewer sent a ball into the box from the right corner. Camel goalkeeper, AJ Marcucci, punched the ball into the air. Lane came up with the ball and fired a shot that Marcucci stopped, however the rebound came loose, and Lane put the second chance opportunity into the back of the goal.
Lane set up a long throw-in, intended for classmate Brett Rojas, who was in the middle of the box in the 13th minute. Rojas attempted a back-heel shot but he only got a piece of the ball. He recollected the ball and fired a shot on Marcucci, who made the save and kept the deficit to one.
The Camels would respond with their first opportunity of the contest. A strong drive down the left sideline by Anthony Aquadro set up a cross for Liam Noonan. Noonan sent a ball into the box for MT Tshuma. Tshuma attempted the back-heel shot but it went wide right.
Connecticut College also had a set of three consecutive corner kicks, but no strong opportunities came from the plays.
Junior Mati Cano nearly extended the lead with less than 10 minutes to play in the first half. He won the ball near midfield and managed to get into the box after strong ball control. He fired a shot once he got enough space from the Camel defense, but his shot rolled wide left.
The Camels attacked early in the second half with a corner kick and shots by Noonan, Tshuma, and Liam Donelian. None of the opportunities threatened the goal, however.
Neither team could gain a clear advantage until the 83rd minute. Freshman Sean Traynor drove down to the right corner and paused to wait for the rest of the team to get caught up with him. He made a short pass to the top of the box for junior Derek Enge. Enge chipped a cross to Braun on the left post who headed home an ever important insurance goal.
Tufts fired 14 shots with eight of them on goal. The Camels had nine shots with just one on goal. Connecticut College earned five corner kicks to just two for the Jumbos.
Junior Will Harned made one save in the win. He improves to 8-2-1 on the season. Marcucci made six saves on eight shots on goal in the losing effort. He falls to 7-3-2.
The Jumbos return to action next Saturday when they host Middlebury College in a NESCAC matchup at 2:30 pm. The Camels wrap-up their non-conference schedule on Tuesday when they host Rhode Island College at 3 pm.