Men's Soccer Bested by #3 Tufts, 3-0

Men's Soccer Bested by #3 Tufts, 3-0
MEDFORD, Mass. - The Keene State College men's soccer team was held off by the No. 3 ranked Tufts University Jumbos 3-0, in non-conference action at Bello Field. 

Records 

  • Keene State: 2-3-0 
  • No. 3 Tufts University: 3-0-0

How It Happened 

Tufts had an early offensive chance as the Owls turned over the ball within their defensive end, as Gavin Tasker rifled a shot which was stopped by Chase Patterson in the second minute of play. The Jumbos found the back of the net in the 5th minute as the hosts used some quick passing to free Zack Trevorrow from the Keene State back line and used the left foot to finish. 

Following a KSC offside in the 14th minute, the Jumbos had an excellent scoring chance, but Max Jones' shot sails wide right. Off of a goal kick from Patterson, the Owls went on the attack. Connor Downey ripped a shot from 35 yards out, but Connor Mieth made the full extension stop 20 minutes into the match. Tufts would expand the lead to 2-0 four minutes later, as Joe Braun scored after the ball pinballed around in the box around off the Jumbos corner kick. 

William Raphael made it 3-0 in favor of the host in the 34th minute. The freshman headed the corner kick service into the top left corner, with the assist to Travis Van Brewer. One of the best scoring chances came in the 55th minute off a free kick from Jacob Chiza, Connor Downey got stonewalled by Mieth who stopped Downey's header in the box. 

 In the second half, Keene put the offensive pressure on the Jumbos, as the Owls out-shot the hosts 8-6. 

Inside the Box 

  • The Jumbos had the advantage in the shots department, 20-12, and also were awarded all 10 corners of the contest.  
  • Anthony Pasciuto and Chase Patterson split time in the cage for the Owls as both recorded one stop, while Tufts was backstopped by Mieth and  Will Harned had four and one saves respectively. 
  • With the victory, Tufts expands their lead in the all-time series to 5-0. 
  • For the second consecutive season, the Jumbos have been ranked in the top-five and won 3-0 over the Owls. 

Up Next 

  • Keene State returns home on Saturday, September 15th, as they begin Little East Conference action and welcome Eastern Connecticut State starting at 2 p.m.
  • No. 3 Tufts University will open their home schedule of conference action as they play host to Bates on Saturday, September 15th, with a 2:20 p.m. start time.