Trinity Men's Soccer Beaten At Top Ranked Tufts On Second-Half Goals

Alex Steel '19
Alex Steel '19

Medford, Mass. - The Trinity College Bantams played the top-ranked Tufts University Jumbos even for 65 minutes, but yielded a pair of goals in the final 25 minutes for a 2-0 setback in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) men's soccer action this afternoon at Bello Field.  Trinity falls to 1-3 overall and 0-3 in the NESCAC, while defending NCAA Champion Tufts improves to 3-0-1 overall and 1-0-1 in the league.

The action was slow early until Trinity senior tri-captain forward Cody Savonen (Orleans, Mass.) and Tufts' Gavin Tasker exchanged shots two-third of the way through the first half.  Bantam senior tri-captain goalkeeper Mateo Zabala (Paterson, N.J.) made two saves in the final two minutes to keep the game scoreless at the break.  

Tufts took several shots early in the second half but none on goal until Tasker assisted Lane on the game-winning marker at the 65:57 mark. Zabala saved two more over the next five minutes, but Dexter Eichhorst gave the Jumbos an insurance goal in the 82nd minute.  Trinity sophomore back Michael Burns (Oreland, Pa.) got off a shot in the 85th minute that was stopped by Jumbo goalie Connor Mieth and the Bantams had a corner kick 30 seconds later but could not get on the scoreboard.  

Zabala finished with five saves and Mieth had two.  Tufts had 20 shots and four corner kicks, while Trinity took three shots and earned two corner kicks.  Trinity hosts Endicott, ranked No. 5 in New England, on Wednesday at 7 p.m.