Tufts snaps men's soccer home unbeaten streak
The Hamilton College Continentals suffered their first home loss in over a year with a 1-0 setback against the Tufts University Jumbos (7-5-1, 5-4-0 NESCAC) in NESCAC competition at Love Field on Saturday.
Hamilton (4-6-3, 2-4-3) hadn’t lost to a visiting team since Oct. 9, 2012, going 5-0-3 at Love Field since then. The Jumbos scored in the 57th minute and held on despite playing a man down for the game’s last 17 minutes, 23 seconds.
Max Hoppenot ’16 had the game’s only goal, scoring his team-leading fifth of the season. He took a long pass just inside the box, dribbled past a defender and converted his shot to break the scoreless tie. The Jumbos almost took a 2-0 lead in the 63rd minute, but their goal was waved off when it was ruled that the player who scored had played while on the ground.
A Tufts player was issued a red card at the 72:37 mark, leaving the Jumbos with 10 players for the remainder of the game. The Continentals nearly tied the score shortly after the red card when a Tufts defender inadvertently headed the ball towards his own goal before running it down and kicking it out of bounds.
Hamilton’s best shot at the equalizer came with 6:50 left when a ball that had been volleyed in the air was collected by Dan Kraynak ’15 with his back to the goal. Kraynak settled the ball, turned and shot from point-blank range, but his shot was directly at goalkeeper Nick Moeser ‘16. Moeser, who was making his first start of the season, finished with a pair of saves.
The Continentals had two more shots before the end of regulation. Leo Nizzi ’14 was wide right and goalkeeper Fred Porges ’14 came up to midfield to take a shot that was blocked by a defender in the final seconds.
Hamilton had a pair of strong opportunities in the first half. Four minutes in, Griffin Abbott ’15 received a pass at the left corner of the box and shot to the far post but was just wide with his attempt. With 12 minutes to go before intermission, Sam Reider ’14 saved a ball from going out of bounds in his own defensive third. Reider sent it upfield to Kraynak, who ran it down and eluded a defender before putting his shot over the crossbar.
Before the game, Hamilton honored Teddy Clements ’14, James Ehret ’14, Yanki Hancioglu ’14, Pat McGlynn ’14, Ben Yudysky ’14, Nizzi, Porges and Reider, who were playing their final regular-season home game.
The Continentals close out the regular season on Wednesday at Williams College. Hamilton can clinch the eighth and final spot in the 2013 NESCAC championship with a win over the Ephs coupled with an Amherst College win at Trinity College. Tufts, which has already secured a postseason bid, hosts Bowdoin College on Tuesday.