BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Tufts University men's soccer team scored with 1:53 remaining in regulation and then buried the game-winner in overtime to clinch the top seed for the NESCAC Tournament in a wild 4-3 win over Bowdoin on Tuesday afternoon.
The Jumbos remain unbeaten at 13-0-2 (8-0-2) and will be the top seed for the NESCAC Championship that begins Saturday. Bowdoin (9-4-2, 5-3-2 NESCAC) will be either the fourth or fifth seed, pending the result of Wednesday's Amherst-Trinity game.
- The game started in slick and cold weather that resulted in wide-open play for both sides.
- Joe Braun got the visitors on the board in the 15th minute as a free kick from Jack Delaney curved perfectly into the box, where Braun headed it into the goal for a 1-0 lead.
- Bowdoin replied before halftime, cashing in on a corner kick in the 42nd minute when Moctar Niang finished off a loose ball in front to make it 1-1 at the break.
- The teams traded goals just 22 seconds apart early in the second half as Gavin Tasker gave Tufts the lead on a right-footed blast from the left wing at 59:28.
- Immediately following the ensuing kickoff, Bowdoin possessed the ball just past midfield and Drake Byrd lofted a long shot that skipped over the head of Tufts netminder Conner Mieth and into the top right corner to deadlock the game at 2-2.
- Bowdoin took their first lead of the game with just 8:17 to play as Matty McColl crossed a ball into the box from the right side that skipped through traffic and into the net to give the Polar Bears a 3-2 edge.
- The Polar Bears appeared poised to walk away with the win, but Tufts found the equalizer with just 1:53 remaining. Zach Lane beat a defender down the sideline and crossed to the waiting foot of Brett Rojas to force the extra session.
- Tufts controlled the overtime session and sealed the win on a corner kick in the 97th minute. Travis Van Brewer's corner kick slid through the box to the far post, where Sterling Weatherbie got a piece of it to redirect into the goal for the game-winner.
By The Numbers
- Tufts owned a 20-8 edge In shots but Bowdoin goaltender Chris Kingston made eight saves, including several spectacular stops in the second half.
- Conner Mieth made three saves in the match for Tufts, who also held a 6-3 advantage in corner kicks.
- Both teams will play in the NESCAC Quarterfinals on Saturday, October 27. Bowdoin will play Amherst – either at Amherst or at home – pending Wednesday's result from the Trinity-Amherst match.
- Tufts will host either Bates or Colby, depending on the result of Wednesday's match between those two squads.
- Complete NESCAC Tournament information will be available at www.NESCAC.com