MEDFORD, Mass. – The suddenly dangerous Tufts University men’s soccer team scored five goals in the first half Wednesday night and made it stand for a 5-0 victory against Plymouth State University, the fourth ranked team in New England.
Winless in its first five games of the season, Tufts (5-4-1) has now won five in a row and has scored 20 goals during that stretch. PSU had its five-game winning streak stopped and fell to 8-2-1.
Two brilliant strikes just 34 seconds apart got the Jumbos started versus Plymouth. Sophomore Peter DiGregorio (Whately, Mass.) headed in a long ball to the box by junior Alex Bedig (Lafayette, Calif.) at 6:31. Back-and-forth unselfishness between freshman Alex Botwinick (Ithaca, N.Y.) and junior Dan Jozwiak (Boulder, Colo.) resulted in Jozwiak’s fifth goal of the year at 7:05.
The Jumbos then scored three times in a 10-minute stretch later in the half. Senior Mattia Chason (Rome, Italy) netted a corner kick from Bob Kastoff (Avon, Conn.) at 30:51. A goal by sophomore Sam James (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Chason’s second of the game and seventh of the season barely two minutes later gave the Jumbos a stunning 5-0 lead at the half. Plymouth State had given up more than two goals in a game just once this season in 10 prior contests.
To their credit, the Panthers did control the majority of play in the second half. However, none of their offense resulted in quality chances. The Panthers managed to even the final shot tally at 16-16, but Tufts had 10 shots on goal compared to three by Plymouth in the final numbers.
Fourteen fouls were whistled and four yellow cards dispensed in a game played primarily in a steady rain.
Not to be overlooked, the Tufts defense recorded its second straight shutout and its fourth during the five-game win streak. The Jumbos kept the Panthers off the scoreboard despite being out-shot 13-6 in the second half. Freshman Pat Tonelli (Andover, Mass.) finished with three saves in the Jumbo goal.
Plymouth State sophomore keeper Tyler Shute (Deerfield, N.H.) had five saves.
PSU returns to Little East Conference action Sunday at Western Connecticut (11:00 a.m.). Tufts visits Trinity on Saturday for a NESCAC contest (12:00 p.m.)
(Courtesy of Tufts Sports Information)
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