WATERVILLE, Maine - Tufts Men's Soccer opened conference play with a 1-0 victory in OT on the road over Colby College on Saturday. In the 93rd minute, sophomore forward Max Jacobs juked from right to left and booted the ball into the right corner of the net to win the game for Tufts. Sophomore midfielder Travis Van Brewer was credited with the assist on the Jacobs game-winner.
|Max Jacobs scored the game-winning goal in Tufts' 1-0 victory|
The Jumbos (2-0, 1-0 NESCAC) controlled the tempo early by generating corner kick and shot opportunities. Colby (1-1, 0-1 NESCAC) weathered the storm by getting a couple of quality opportunities stopped by Tufts goalie Conner Mieth.
Both teams continued to push the ball up the boundaries, but the defenses wouldn't budge. Tufts had a great chance in the 37th minute, but were denied on a great tip save by the Mules' goaltender Dan Carlson. The Jumbos continued to push into the Mules side of the field, but couldn't find the back of the net in the first 45 minutes of play.
Tufts attempted 11 shots (4 on goal) to the Mules 3 shots (2 on goal). Carlson of the Mules led the first half by stopping four Jumbo shots. Meith saved two Colby shots in the first 45 minutes of action. Tufts was able to generate five corners to Colby's one corner.
Though both teams continued to generate scoring opportunities in the second half, neither team could put a shot in the back of the net. Tufts back Ian Daly had a shot saved in the 59th minute. The Mules came right back with a header attempt by Asa Berolzheimer stopped by Meith in the 61st minute.
The Mules and Jumbos continued to earn opportunities, but the Mules had their best look of the game in the 85th minute when Kyle Douglas booted a shot with his left foot that was stopped on a diving save by Mieth. At the end of 90 minutes, the teams were deadlocked at 0-0.
At the end of regulation the Jumbos had taken 20 shots (6 on goal) to the Mules' 10 shots (6 on goal). Colby generated two more shots on goal than the Jumbos after the half. Tufts had a total of 13 corner kicks to Colby's four. Both goalies tallied six saves in regulation. Each defense and goaltender had done their job in the first 90 minutes of action.
In overtime, the Jumbos' Jacobs scored the golden goal fairly quickly and the Tufts bench rushed onto the field in excitement after 93 minutes of a back-and-forth battle.
Meith improved to 2-0 in net on the season. There were 18 Jumbos who participated in today's contest. Daly led the Jumbos with four shots and Berolzheimer had a team-high three shots for the hosts. Tufts had 12 fouls called on them and Colby committed eight fouls for the contest.
Tufts will take the field next with a non-conference home game on Tuesday against Keene State at 7 pm. Colby travels to Gordon for a non-conference matchup on Tuesday at 7 pm.
Written by Athletic Communications Intern Bryan Costello