MEDFORD – Coming off two 1-0 victories to start off the season, the Tufts University Jumbos defeated the Wesleyan University Cardinals in a NESCAC matchup by a score of 2-1 Tuesday night at Bello Field to stay undefeated.
Mati Cano and Calvin Aroh (pictured), both seniors, were the Tufts goal scorers in the match. Cano's coming in the 64th minute, and Aroh's coming just one minute later on a penalty kick. Wesleyan senior Tucker Kelsch put the Cardinals on the board in the 71st minute, making it a one score game.
Throughout the first half, Tufts had multiple great chances while limiting Wesleyan to very little opportunities. Two great chances in front of the net came from the foot of Tufts junior Sean Traynor as he sent two hard shots towards the goal that were saved by Liam Devanny, one in the 26th minute and the other coming in the 37th minute of the first half.
After having the ball on Wesleyan's side of the field for most of the first half, the Jumbos continued this in the second half, creating opportunity after opportunity to start the half. This eventually paid off, as a pass from senior Ian Daly found its way to the foot of Cano, who settled the pass and rifled the ball into the back of the net to give the Jumbos a 1-0 lead. Just over a minute later, the aggressive offensive approach by Tufts resulted in a foul in the box against them, leading to a penalty kick that Calvin Aroh sent into the bottom right corner of the net to put the Jumbos up by two.
Wesleyan bounced back with a goal of their own just six minutes later, as senior captain Nick Wallick found Tucker Kelsch near the top of the box. Kelsch sent a shot that was tipped by Jumbo goalie Erik Lauta and trickled by him into the back of the net.
Wesleyan had a chance to tie it up late, but Evan O'Brien sailed a shot high of the goal as time expired to give Tufts the 2-1 victory.
For the final totals, Tufts led in shots 13-8 and in corners 6-2. Devanny stopped six shots in the Wesleyan goal.
Tufts will travel to Brandeis University on Saturday, September 18th at 1 pm to take on the Judges. Wesleyan will travel to Williams on Saturday in a NESCAC matchup in Williamstown, Mass. at 2 pm.