MEDFORD, Mass. – The Tufts University men's soccer team defeated Bates in a NESCAC quarterfinal matchup, 3-0, on Saturday to advance to the semifinals for the first time since 2012.
|Sterling Weatherbie scored the game-winner for his second goal of the season|
The Jumbos (13-1-2) came in as the number one overall seed in the NESCAC tournament. The Bobcats (8-6-2) was the eight seed.
Tufts added to their lead in the 67th minute when Zach Lane was fouled inside the box resulting in a penalty kick. Coleman drilled it into the top right corner to take a 2-0 lead.
The final goal of the game came in the 69th minute when Brett Rojas was deep in the left corner of Bates' territory. He was able to get a pass off to teammate Calvin Aroh who was waiting right in front of goal. He headed it home to cap the scoring.
The Bobcats had a few chances, the best of which came in the 38th minute when Antonio Heredia sent a free kick in from just past half-field that Tufts keeper Conner Mieth had to jump for. It slipped through his fingers, and bounced just left of the Jumbo net.
In total, Bates would get off five shots, but were never able to put one on goal. Tufts took 21 shots, eight on goal.
The physical play from last time these teams faced each other where both teams combined for 20 fouls, a 1-0 Jumbo win at Bates, carried over into this contest. The Bobcats were called for 15 fouls and two yellow cards while Tufts accumulated 13 fouls.
This is the first time that this group of seniors on Tufts has won a NESCAC playoff game. While they have two NCAA championships, this is the first time they have advanced out of the NESCAC quarterfinals.
Tufts will face Hamilton at Bello Field next Saturday in the semifinals as the Continentals beat Amherst, 4-3, today. The Jumbos defeated Hamilton earlier this season, 1-0, back in the beginning of October.
Written by Curtis Stoychoff, Athletic Communications Intern