MEDFORD, Mass.—No. 5 United Soccer Coaches/No. 4 D3soccer.com Tufts University received goals from three different players to defeat visiting Babson College, 3-1, in non-conference men's soccer action on Tuesday night at Bello Field.
Babson, which had its five-game unbeaten streak snapped, drops to 6-2-4, while Tufts improves to 10-0-1 overall.
Senior Noah Parker (Hampden, Maine) recorded the lone goal for the Beavers, while junior Alex Crompton (Killington, Vt.) and sophomore Andrew Josephs (Kingston, Jamaica) both chipped in with an assist. Junior goalkeeper Steven Heintzelman (Middleton, Mass.) finished with five saves in the loss.
Junior Gavin Tasker (Concord, Mass.), classmate Zach Lane (Lansing, Mich.) and first-year William Raphael (Andover, Mass.) each contributed a goal for the Jumbos, while juniors Joe Braun (Yardley, Pa.) and Brett Rojas (Madison, N.J.) all logged an assist for the Jumbos. Senior Conner Mieth (Montclair, N.J.) didn't make any saves in recording his 10th win on the year.
Tufts struck first scoring in the third minute of play after Braun intercepted a clearing pass and dribbled into the right side of the box before playing the ball back to Tasker, who buried his from the penalty spot for a 1-0 advantage.
The Green and White recorded the equalizer with 19:41 left in the first half when Parker blasted a volley past Mieth and under the crossbar from the center of the box. Crompton gained control on the right wing and played it back to Josephs, who hit a right-footed cross that found Parker all alone.
The Jumbos went in front for good with 6:17 to go in the first half thanks to Raphael's header inside the back post off a corner kick from Rojas. Tufts held an 8-1 advantage in shots and attempted both of the corner kicks in the first half.
The Jumbos increased their lead and secured the 3-1 victory over the Beavers when Lane scored off a low show inside the post with less than 10 minutes in regulation. The Beavers' best second-half scoring chance came in the 86th minute when senior Jackson Greenspan (Meriden, N.H.) missed high with a header.
Tufts finished with a 16-5 edge in shots and attempted two of the game's three corner kicks.
Both teams return to action on Saturday as Babson travels to Wheaton at 3 p.m., while Tufts visits Connecticut College at 2:30 p.m.
• The Beavers are now 8-9-0 against the Jumbos in a series that dates back to 1965.
• Tuesday loss is the first time since October 15, 2017, that the Beavers have conceded three goals.
• Tufts had only given up two goals in its last 22 home games before allowing Parker's tally in the first half.