Men's Soccer Falls to Tufts, 2-0, in NCAA Championship First Round

Glassboro, N.J. - November 12, 2016 - The Springfield College Men's Soccer team fell to Tufts University, 2-0, in the First Round of the NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Championship Tournament on Saturday evening at the Rowan Soccer Field on the campus of Rowan University.

Springfield College, which was ranked No. 24 in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Division III Men's Soccer National Rankings, finishes its remarkable 2016 campaign with an overall record of 18-2-1. 

With the win, Tufts, which improved to 10-5-2 on the year will advance to take on No. 7 Rowan University in the NCAA Division III Championship Tourament Second Round on Sunday, November 13 at 5 p.m. The Jumbos held a 9-6 shot advantage over 90 minutes of play, while each side was awarded five corner kicks.

In net, goalkeeper Zach Richard (Millbury, Mass.) had an incredible defensive effort in front of him, as the senior only needed to make one stop in the setback. His counterpart, Scott Greenwood (Weymouth, Mass.) also made one save in the win. 

After a scoreless first half, the Pride put on the pressure to begin the second stanza, but after committing a foul deep in its own end, Tufts capitalized when Stephen McMillan (St. Louis, Mo.) sent a direct free kick into the box that was headed into the back of the net by Gaston Becherano (Hollywood, Fla.) to give the Jumbos a 1-0 lead.

Just 11:51 later, Tufts pushed its lead to a pair when Dexter Eichhorst (Bolinas, Calif.) sent a cross along the top of the box to Gavin Tasker (Concord, Mass.), who stung a shot into the top right corner of the next to make it 2-0, Jumbos, with 22:21 to play in the game.

Springfield College put on the pressure late in the contest with a flurry of chances, but Greenwood, along with the Tufts' defense was able to fend off the Pride to seal the two-goal win.