|Tufts University||Colby College|
WATERVILLE, Maine — After both teams started off the season with 1-0 non-conference losses, the Colby College and Tufts University men’s soccer teams battled to a 1-1 overtime tie on Saturday in the NESCAC opener.
Colby bounced back from a 1-0 loss to St. Joseph’s in the season opener with a major result. Tufts won the NCAA Division III title in 2014 and had a 27-7-7 overall record the past two years.
The Jumbos had a 25-13 shot advantage, but the Mules (0-1-1 overall, 0-0-1 NESCAC) nearly pulled out the win in the second overtime. With about five minutes remaining, Tufts keeper Scott Greenwood came up with two impressive saves. Lucas Pereira had the initial shot that Greenwood was able to kick away. The ball went to Jansen Aoyama, who dribbled past a defender and had his hard shot saved by Greenwood.
The shots were the only ones for either team in the second overtime. Tufts had dominated the second half and the first overtime, posting an 18-2 shot advantage during that time.
The Jumbos went up 1-0 at 9:21 of the first on Gaston Becherano’s goal on a nice individual effort. He was able to get past some traffic on the dribble and ripped a low shot into the back of the net.
Colby, though, bounced back quickly on the first collegiate goal by sophomore Jacob Tower. Jeff Rosenberg, with Greenwood coming out toward him, pushed a centering pass to Tower for the score.
Mule first-year goalkeeper Avery Gibson made eight saves, the biggest on a penalty kick with about three minutes left in the first half. Gibson went to his right on the save and Colby was able to clear away the rebound.
Greenwood also played well with seven stops for the Jumbos (0-1-1, 0-0-1).