MEDFORD, Mass.—Sophomore Gavin Tasker (Concord, Mass.) scored 39 seconds into overtime to lift top-ranked Tufts University to a 1-0 victory over visiting Babson College in non-conference soccer action on Wednesday night at Bello Field.
Babson, which saw its four-game road winning streak come to an end, is now 2-1-0, while Tufts, the defending Division III national champion is 1-0-0.
Senior goalkeeper James Takami (Kenmore, Wash.) finished with a season-high seven saves for the Beavers, including five in the second half when the Jumbos held a 10-1 edge in shots. Junior Noah Parker (Hampden, Maine) and sophomore b(Holbrook, Mass.) each recorded a shot for the Green and White.
Sophomore Brett Rojas (Madison, N.J.) and first-year Alex Ratzen (Princeton, N.J.) recorded assists for Tufts, which got one save from senior Bruce Johnson (Brewster, Mass.).
The teams combined for just five shots in the first half and the best chance may have come late in the stanza when Babson senior Dan McGuinness (Groton, Mass.) got behind the defense only to see Johnson smother a loose ball near the top of the box before he could get a shot off. Takami keep the game scoreless with five stops over the first 29 minutes of the second half, and Ratzan appeared to score for the Jumbos in the 90th minute only to see the goal called back by an offside call.
Tufts finally broke the scoreless deadlock in the 91st minute when Tasker notched the third marker of his career.
The Jumbos finished with a 15-2 advantage in shots and an 8-2 edge in corner kicks on the night.
Both teams return to action on Saturday as Babson visists fourth-ranked Brandeis on Saturday at 7 p.m., while Tufts hosts Colby at 2:30 p.m.
• Babson, which is 8-8-0 all-time against Tufts, had not faced the Jumbos since 2000 prior to Wednesday night.
• Wednesday's loss drops the Beavers to 24-4-5 since the start of the 2015 campaign when conceding one goal or less.
• Babson's two shots are its fewest since registering just three in a 2-0 loss to Brandeis on September 24, 2014.