MEDFORD - Third-ranked Tufts Men's Soccer scored early and never looked back in a 3-0 win over Keene State in front of the Jumbo faithful at Bello Field Tuesday night.
|Junior forward Joe Braun scored his first goal of the season in the 3-0 win|
The Jumbos (3-0) scored in the fourth minute of the first half on a goal from sophomore forward Max Jacobs. Tufts then had multiple opportunities as they penetrated the left side of the field before junior forward Joe Braun put another goal in the back of the net in the 23rd minute to give the Jumbos a 2-0 lead.
The Owls (2-3) had an opportunity in the 23rd minute right after the Jumbos' goal to get within one, but senior goaltender Conner Mieth made a great save to on a shot by Connor Downey to keep the Owls off the board.
In the first half, the Jumbos attempted 14 shots (four on goal) to the Owls' four (two on goal). Conner Mieth saved two Owl shots and Owl goaltender Chase Patterson recorded one save in the first half. The Jumbos generated six first-half corner kicks and held the Owls without a corner.
The Jumbos came out attacking again in the second half and generated some scoring chances in the first few minutes, but couldn't convert. The Owls settled in during the second frame and had a quality opportunity in the 54th minute by Downey again saved by Mieth. In the 69th minute, sophomore goaltender Will Harned subbed in for his first appearance of the season and recorded a save. The majority of the second half was back-and-forth play.
In the second half, Keene State attempted eight shots to Tufts' six. Mieth led the game with four saves for the Jumbos. Tufts generated four corners in the second half. For the game, the Owls committed 12 fouls to the Jumbos' six. Keene State's Samuel Binogono led the Owls with three shots. Jacobs attempted a game and team-high four shots.
Tufts' defense continues to play fantastic as the Jumbos have gone three contests without allowing a goal and have set their offense up for scoring chances frequently. Senior backs Sterling Weatherbie and Jackson Najjar continue to set the tone for the back line of the Jumbos. The defense didn't allow the Owls to kick a single corner throughout the contest.
Tufts' next game will be on Saturday when they host NESCAC opponent Bates at 2:30 pm. Keene State will play its next match Saturday as well as they host Eastern Connecticut State at 2 pm in their first LEC contest.
Written by Athletic Communications Intern Bryan Costello