September 12, 2011

Tufts came from behind to force a 1-1 tie with 12th-ranked Middlebury in NESCAC men's soccer action on Saturday afternoon at Kraft Field.

            Sophomore Josh Lyvers (Harvard, Mass.) had a pair of chances for the Panthers in the first half. In the 22nd minute he missed wide right trying to sneak the ball into the near side, and then in the 36th minute his header from the middle of the box was corralled by Tufts senior keeper Alan Bernstein, who made two saves in the first half.

            The best first-half opportunity for the Jumbos came in the 41st minute when first year Maxime Hoppenot  could not control the ball on a potential break-away. Middlebury senior keeper Tim Cahill (S. Glastonbury, Conn.) did have to make three saves in the first 45 minutes. The match was scoreless after 45 minutes.

            Middlebury struck in the 74th minute when sophomore Sam Peisch (Still River, Mass.) squeezed one passed Bernstein on a feed from Lyvers. The ball had bounced around in the box before the tally as Tufts could not clear it out.

            Tufts turned up the pressure down 1-0. In the 79th minute, Gus Santos fired a shot that was blocked, but deflected to Jono Edelman who then went one-on-one for the game-tying goal.

            The Jumbos were robbed twice with under five minutes to play as Cahill made a spectacular diving stop on a shot from Michael Walker  in the box. The ball caromed to Hoppenot, but Cahill recovered to make the second save.

            In the 20 minutes of extra time, the Jumbos had the better chances to take home a victory. They had the only shot on goal and had two corner kicks, but could not convert.

            Overall, Tufts out-shot Middlebury 12-7. Cahill stopped six shots for the Panthers, while Bernstein made the two, both in the first half of action.
• Men’s soccer record: 0-0-1
• Up next: 9/13 @ Norwich, 9/17 vs. Colby – 11:00