NCAA First Round: Tufts 5, SUNY Maritime 1

Tufts Men's Soccer

Courtesy of Tufts Athletics

MEDFORD, Mass. – The Tufts University men's soccer team advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament following a 5-1 win over SUNY Maritime at Bello Field on Saturday afternoon.

The Jumbos improve to 15-2-2 on the season. The Privateers see their season come to a close at 12-10-2.

Tufts returns to action on Sunday at 3 p.m. in the NCAA Second Round. They host WPI, who beat Nazareth in the other first-round game at Bello Field.

Tufts jumped on the attack early as junior Calvin Aroh sent a ball forward for classmate, Travis Van Brewer. Van Brewer found senior Gavin Tasker on the left wing. He chipped a pass into the box, intended for senior Brett Rojas who redirected the pass into the back of the goal, just 30 seconds into the contest.

The Privateers tied the contest following a foul on Tufts. Thomas Kropp sent the free-kick from the left of the box. However, the Jumbos failed to clear and went off a Jumbo defender head and into the back of the goal.

The Jumbos regained control of the pace as a senior Zach Lane and Van Brewer fired shots that nearly missed wide and forced Privateers goalkeeper, Michael Rodriguez to make a save.

Tufts applied pressure following the shot opportunities and would capitalize. Sophomore Zach Seigelstein found himself taking a corner kick in the first play after entering the contest. His right-footed service found senior Joe Braun on the back post and he headed home his sixth goal of the season to give the Jumbos a 2-1 lead in the 24th minute.

In the closing minutes of the half, junior Max Jacobs and freshman Sean Traynor had near misses that could have extended the lead but both shots went just wide and the teams headed to the break with the Jumbos leading 2-1.

Tufts applied pressure throughout the first 20 minutes of the second half. Near-misses by junior Alex Ratzan and Jacobs could have extended the lead but both shots went wide left. Lane earned enough free space to fire a strong shot, but Rodriguez made a diving stop to corral the shot. Just a minute later, Lane fired another low shot that beat Rodriguez, however, Justin Forrest made the defensive save to keep the score at 2-1.

Sophomore Will Raphael added to the near misses as a corner kick was deflected out to the top of the box. Raphael fired the shot from the top of the 18-yard box and it sailed wide left.

The Jumbos found their third goal of the contest after strong passing found freshman Woovin Shin inside the box. Shin found Ratzan at the top of the box who sent a pass further along to the right for junior Mati Cano. Cano sent a give-and-go pass back to Ratzan who fired a missile to extend the Jumbo lead.

Just four minutes later Shin, found his first career goal after beautiful passing by the junior duo of Ratzan and Cano. Shin added another tally with under five minutes to play in the contest.

The Jumbos outshot the Privateers, 25-2. They also earned nine corner kicks to just one for SUNY Maritime.

Sophomore Erich Kindermann improves to 5-0-1 on the season. He allowed one goal in the lone shot on goal by the Privateers. Rodriguez falls to 9-6-1 after making eight saves on 13 shots on goal.