Men's Soccer Blanks Keene State in 3-0 Victory

KEENE, N.H. - The Tufts University men's soccer team defeated Keene State, 3-0, on Wednesday evening at the Owl Athletic Complex in a non-conference contest. 
Dexter Eichhorst scored the game winner tonight for his fifith goal of the season.
 
After a scoreless first 40 minutes of play, Tufts (11-1-1, 6-1-1 NESCAC) 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 in between the Owls' goalkeeper Michael Sancomb and the right post to take a 2-0 lead going into the break. Keene'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 (6-4-4, 2-1-2 LEC) 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, as 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 an 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 Glover, who placed the ball over an outstretched Sancomb to give the Jumbos a three-goal cushion and to seal the victory. 
 
Tufts held the advantage in shots, 18-7, and in corner kicks, 9-1, over Keene. Between the pipes, Sancomb made five saves in his second collegiate start, while Connor Mieth did not face any shots on goals. 
 

The Jumbos continue on the road with a matchup at Williams on Saturday, beginning at 2:00 p.m. Keene will travel to Rhode Island College on Saturday.

 

Release courtesy of Keene State.