MEDFORD, Mass. – Senior captain and forward Nathan Majumder tallied his second game-winner of the 2016 NCAA Division III Tournament for the Tufts University men's soccer in a 1-0 double-overtime victory over No. 5 Kenyon College in quarterfinal-round action Sunday afternoon at Bello Field in Medford, Massachusetts.
The Jumbos (13-5-2, 6-2-2 in NESCAC) will compete in the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament, as they will take on No. 8 University of St. Thomas (Minn.) on Friday (Dec. 2) at 11 a.m. at Kerr Stadium in Salem, Virginia. Brandeis University and No. 16 Calvin College will compete in the other semifinal-round match on Dec. 2 at 1:30 p.m. The national-championship match will be held on Saturday (Dec. 3) in Salem, Virginia.
"Getting a chance to host the NCAA Tournament and giving these guys, including the senior class, another game (is great)," said seventh-year head coach Josh Shapiro. "The senior class has done so much for our program and seeing them have such a big influence on getting us back to the Final Four is a wonderful thing. The crowd was amazing. Our upperclassmen played with tremendous heart, and made the plays that needed to be made to get us to that next stage. I could not be prouder of where they have helped us get. At the same time, we do not want to be shortsighted. Now, we have a chance to go and get the whole big thing."
Majumder, who now has 22 career goals and seven game-winners, found the back of the net in the 109th minute, assisted by junior midfielder Dexter Eichhorst and sophomore back Sterling Weatherbie. The goal, which was Majumder's fourth of season, came with 1:22 left in the second-overtime session.
The Jumbos have not allowed a goal through their first four NCAA Tournament games, as they have outscored their opponents, 5-0. Senior goalkeeper Scott Greenwood (12-4-1) made seven saves for the Jumbos, as he posted his 11th shutout of the season and his fourth consecutive shutout in the NCAA Tournament. The Weymouth, Massachusetts, native has a program-leading 38 career shutouts.
The Lords (20-3, 8-1 in NCAC) see their season come to an end, as they have qualified for the NCAA Tournament in five consecutive seasons. Senior goalkeeper Sam Clougher (20-3) compiled five saves for the Lords, as he was tagged with the loss.
The Lords held a 21-16 advantage during the game in shots, including a 12-7 advantage in the second half. Each team fired five shots in the first half, while both teams totaled four shots in the two overtime sessions. The Jumbos were guilty of 21 fouls, while the Lords were whistled for 13 infractions. The Jumbos attempted five corner kicks, while the Lords were awarded a pair.
Junior midfielder Oliver Wynn posted a game-high four shots for the Lords, while the Jumbos had six players attempt two shots.
Weatherbie tried to put the Jumbos on the board in the 21st minute, but his shot was saved by Clougher. Senior forward Kevin Lawson fired a shot on net in the 27th minute, but Clougher stood tall and denied the attempt.
The Lords attempted to break the scoreless tie in the 47th minute, but junior forward Woo Jeon's drive was saved by Greenwood. Greenwood came up with a big save in the 51st minute, as he made a save on senior midfielder Josh Lee's shot.
In the 58th minute, junior midfielder Henry Myers posted a header shot on net, but Greenwood turned it aside. Clougher tallied a save on a shot by freshman midfielder Brett Rojas in the 67th minute.
The Lords attempted to find the game-winner toward the end of the second half, but Greenwood denied freshman forward Philippe Stengel in the 77th minute and freshman midfielder John Penas in the 82nd minute.
The Jumbos posted a pair of shots in the first overtime, as junior midfielder Tyler Kulcsar fired a shot wide left in the 93rd minute and freshman midfielder/forward Gavin Tasker's shot in the 99th minute was saved by Clougher. Wynn's shot for the Lords was blocked in the 98th minute, and then Lee fired a header shot wide right in the 99th minute.
Greenwood kept the game scoreless early in the second-overtime session, as he made save on sophomore midfielder David Anderson in the 102nd minute. Clougher then rose to the occasion, as he denied Majumder in the 103rd minute.
The Lords nearly found the game-winner in the 108th minute, but sophomore forward Brice Koval's drive went wide right. Majumder then responded with his heroics, as he posted his second game-winner in the last three games for the Jumbos.
Written by Trevor Wenners, Athletic Communications Intern