KEENE, N.H. - The Keene State men's soccer program was held off by No. 4 Tufts, 3-0, on Wednesday evening at the Owl Athletic Complex in a non-conference contest.
- Keene State: 6-4-4, 2-1-2, LEC
- No. 4 Tufts: 11-1-1, 6-1-1 NESCAC
How It Happened
After a scoreless first 40 minutes of play, Tufts finally broke through and found the back of the net at the 40:57 mark, as the Jumbos were awarded a corner kick. Matt Zinner lined up the ball and sent a long pass to the outer goal post, where Dexter Eichhorst knocked it in for the 1-0 advantage. Tufts doubled their lead less than 30 seconds later, as Derek Enge sent a short pass to Zachary Trevorrow just inside the right corner of the box, who tucked the ball inbetween the Owls' goalkeeper Michael Sancomb and the right post to take a 2-0 lead going into the break. Keene State's best chance of the stanza came at the 18:16 mark as a buildup from the backline put the ball at the feet of senior Riley Steele, who ripped off a shot that went just high.
The Owls looked to cut their deficit to one in the 61st minute, as Steele collected a through ball on the right side and sent a pass into the middle for an oncoming Donovan Harris, who got a touch in the box, but the chance was cleared by the Jumbos' backline before Harris was able to get a shot off. Tufts answered back by continuing to put pressure the Owls' backline. Jared Glover broke through in the 70th minute for a one-on-one opportunity with Sancomb, but the oncoming goalkeeper made an impressive save to keep the Jumbos at bay. Tufts was able to find another opening at the 79:52 mark, as Tyler Kulcsar sent a long pass from the right into the box, which was found by the head of Jarod Glover, who placed the ball over an outstretched Sancomb to give the Jumbos a three-goal cushion and seal the victory.
Inside the Box
- Tufts, who has won two national championship titles in the past three years, held the advantage in shots, 18-7, and in corner kicks, 9-1, over Keene State.
- Between the pipes, Sancomb made five saves in his second collegiate start, while Connor Mieth did not have to make a save for the Jumbos.
- Keene State is now 1-1 on the season against nationally-ranked teams, as the Owls defeated UMass Boston 1-0 in double overtime on September 16th.
- Keene State will travel to Rhode Island College on Saturday, October 21st at 1:00 p.m. for the Owls' second to last LEC contest.
- No. 4 Tufts continues on the road with a matchup at Williams on Saturday, beginning at 2:00 p.m.