Medford, Mass. - The visiting Trinity College Bantams gave the top-ranked Tufts University Jumbos all they could handle despite a 2-0 setback in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) men's soccer action this afternoon at Bello Field. Trinity falls to 1-8 overall and 0-5 in the NESCAC, while the Jumbos improve to 8-0-1 overall and 4-0-1 in conference play. Trinity visits NESCAC rival Bates tomorrow at 3 p.m. The Jumbos head to Babson on Tuesday for a non-conference matchup at 3:30 pm.
Tufts nearly scored twice early, but Trinity sophomore goalkeeper Everett Lyons (Southport, Conn.) made save against a shot by Tufts' Joe Braun from the center of the box on one play, and Bantam junior Dagoberto Nunez (Barranquilla, Colombia) stopped a shot in front of an empty net by Jumbo senior Zach Lane followed by another Lyons save against Tufts' Gavin Tasker on the rebound in the 20th minute. The Jumbos finally struck first in the 23rd minute, when junior Alex Ratzan forced a turnover and sent a ball forward through the backline of Trinity to Brett Rojas who fired a shot with his left foot into the bottom left corner of the goal.
The best opportunity for Trinity came in the opening minutes of the second half, as sophomore forward Logan Peterson (Nottingham, Md.) found himself free space within the Jumbo backline and fired a shot on goal that was stopped by sophomore goalkeeper Erich Kindermann. Tufts had two strong opportunities in the 59th and 61st minute, as Lyons made a save on a Jumbo shot from the right side of the box and another bid by the home team bounced off the left post and stayed out of the goal. The Jumbos extended their lead with a goal in the 86th minute when sophomore Zach Seigelstein sent a pass to Max Jacobs who fired a shot with his left foot into the back of the goal. Lyons finished with 10 saves, while Kindermann had just the one save but improved to 1-0.