MEDFORD, Mass. – Despite owning an 8-5 edge in shots on target and making a strong push for the equalizer down the stretch, the Amherst College men's soccer team was unable to overcome a two goal deficit as the Mammoths fell to No. 3 Tufts University, 2-1 Saturday afternoon at Bello Field.
With the loss, Amherst falls to 3-3-0 on the season and to 1-3-0 in conference play, while Tufts remains perfect on the year and improves to 8-0-0 overall (4-0-0 NESCAC). Amherst returns to the field tomorrow, Sunday, Sept. 30 when they host Bates at Hitchcock Field beginning at 2:30 p.m.
The Mammoths best chance of the first half came at the 20:58 mark as Dane Lind '20 nearly converted on a bicycle kick from the top left of the box following a long throw in, however his shot sailed just high of the net.
Capitalizing on a scoring chance of their own a minute later, the home team took a 1-0 lead with 24:03 on the clock as Mati Cano tallied his second of the year. Positioned on the right side, a bouncing ball found its way out of a scrum and directly to Cano who buried a shot, short-side.
Putting the Jumbos ahead 2-0 in the 58th minute, Travis Van Brewer doubled Tufts' lead. Finding space at the top of the box, Van Brewer corralled a pass from Joe Braun and fired a shot into the bottom right corner.
Getting on the board with 20:54 remaining in regulation, Amherst cut its deficit to 2-1 to make it a game down the stretch. Taking advantage of a free kick, Lind found a wide-open Sebastian Derby '21 on far left post who headed the ball past the hands of the outstretched keeper.
The Mammoths put four shots on frame as time winded down in an attempt to record the equalizer, but Conner Mieth came up four four stops for the Jumbos to help the home team hold on for the 2-1 victory.
In between the pipes, Bernie White '22 (1-1) made three saves for Amherst in the losing effort, while Mieth (8-0) registered six stops for Tufts.
Both sides attempted 15 shots in the contest, while the Jumbos held the edge in corner kicks, 5-4.