Hartford, Conn. – The Tufts University Jumbos came away with a 6-0 victory over the Trinity College Bantams in a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) men's soccer match in Hartford on Sunday afternoon. Trinity falls to 2-11 overall and 0-9 in conference play while the Jumbos, ranked No. 5 in the country, improve to 11-0-2 on the year and 6-0-2 in league play. The game was Trinity's last home match of the regular season, before which they celebrated seniors Will Baker (Los Angeles, Calif.), Alex Steel (Weston, Mass.), David Grant (Winslow, Maine) and John Mackie (Darien, Conn.) as part of Senior Day.
The Jumbos tallied ten shots in the first half while holding the Bantams to just one. Two of those shots ended with goals as the visitors took a 2-0 lead into the half. The first came in the 18th minute off the foot of Joe Braun (Yardley, Pa.). Trinity rookie goalie Everett Lyons (Southport, Conn.) tried to gather a loose ball just in front of the net but Braun came up and was able to take the ball away from the goalie and punch it into the back of the net for the score.
In the 34th minute, the Jumbos added to their lead with a goal from Sterling Weatherbie (Cape Elizabeth, Maine). Off a corner kick, Tufts fired two shots from almost point-blank that bounced off Bantam defenders before Weatherbie was able to get his boot on a shot that found the goal. Trinity had a good look at cutting into the deficit in the 45th minute when sophomore Nigel Gustave (Baltimore, Md.) had a clean look at net, however a hard hit shot from the top of the box fell into the arms of Tufts goalie Conner Meith (Montclair, N.J.).
The Jumbos poured it on in the second half with two goals in the first ten minutes and another one in the 68th minute to take a 5-0 lead. Zach Lane (Lansing, Mich.) struck first in the 50th before Braun scored for the second time on the afternoon, just 4:30 later, thanks to an assist by Brett Rojas (Madison, N.J.) who snuck a through-ball past the Trinity defense. Ian Daly (Albany, Calif.) added the Jumbos fifth goal of the day in the 68th minute on a strike from outside the box.
The Jumbos capped off the scoring with less than 12 minutes to play on a goal by Zach Trevorrow (Honolulu, Hawaii) who found the back of the net after settling the ball behind Trinity's defense. The Jumbos almost scored a seventh goal when Trinity was called for a foul in their own box, however, sophomore goalie Andrew Clark (Short Hills, N.J.) came up with a clutch stop on the penalty kick by Jarod Glover (Kernersville, N.C.).
The Bantams return to action a week from today, on October 21, for a non-conference road matchup at Wheaton College.