Men's soccer takes No. 1 Tufts to the brink, falls 1-0 in double overtime

David Goodstein and the Bates men's soccer team's defense turned in a strong performance in a 1-0 double overtime loss to defending NCAA champion and No. 1 nationally ranked Tufts University on Saturday, September 28, 2019. (Theophil Syslo/Bates College)

LEWISTON, Maine -- Junior captain goalkeeper David Goodstein made five saves and the Bates men's soccer team held its own in a 1-0 double overtime loss to defending NCAA champion and No. 1 nationally ranked Tufts University Saturday afternoon at Russell Street Field. 

Max Jacobs scored on an assist from Joe Braun in the 105th minute to give Tufts (7-0, 3-0 NESCAC) the 1-0 win over the Bobcats (5-2-1, 1-2-1 NESCAC), concluding a hard-fought match. 

The Jumbos tallied 19 shots to Bates' five on the afternoon and earned 11 corner kicks to Bates' six. But the Bobcat defense held throughout the contest. 

"There's a lot to package from this performance," Bates head coach Tyler Sheikh said. "I'm proud of how we fought down some key guys against the national champs. If we play for one another we're a tough out versus anyone."

In double overtime, Braun got the ball on the outside of the box and fired a shot that sophomore Frederick Hohmann (Bonn, Germany) blocked with a slide tackle. Unfortunately for Bates, the ball bounced right to Jacobs, who did a nice job trapping it. He dribbled once to his right and delivered a shot that found the upper-right corner of the back of the net, winning the match for the Jumbos. 

Bates' best opportunity to score came early in the second half, when the Bobcats earned multiple corner kicks. A Hohmann header was blocked in the 51st minute and first-year Max McKersie's (Arlington, Mass.) shot hit the crossbar in the 62nd minute off a Hohmann free kick. 

The Jumbos recorded two shots in the first overtime period, with Tanner Jameson's header attempt going high in the 96th minute and Travis Van Brewer was denied by junior captain Blaise Marceau (Newton, Mass.) in the 98th minute. Bates did not record a shot in either overtime period.

Goodstein (Bethesda, Md.) matched his career-high with his five saves, anchoring the Bates defense throughout the afternoon. His counterpart Will Harned did not make any saves but intercepted multiple cross attempts by the Bobcats. 

Bates is back in action next Saturday when the Bobcats host Middlebury at 2pm. Then they take on Trinity the next day at 3pm.

"With six points up for grabs next weekend we expect to work harder in the buildup than any week before and just keep improving," said Sheikh.