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Game Preview: Men's Soccer at No. 3/4 Tufts

Game Preview: Men's Soccer at No. 3/4 Tufts

Men's Soccer at No. 3/4 Tufts
Tuesday, October 9 | 7 p.m.
Bello Field | Medford, Mass.

THE SERIES
• Babson and Tufts will meet for just the second time since 2000 and 17th time overall on Tuesday night in Medford. The Beavers and Jumbos have split 16 previous matches with both sides winning eight times in a series that dates back to 1965.

LAST MEETING
• Junior Gavin Tasker scored 39 seconds into overtime to lift then-top-ranked Tufts to a 1-0 win over Babson on September 6, 2017, in Medford.
• James Takami '18 finished with seven saves for the Beavers, while Bruce Johnson stopped one shot for the Jumbos.

LAST BABSON WIN
• Niek Wouters scored the lone goal and current assistant coach Bill Lawler '98 made five saves to help the Beavers edge Tufts, 1-0, on October 8, 1997, in Medford.

SCOUTING THE JUMBOS
• No. 3 United Soccer Coaches/No. 4 D3soccer.com Tufts (9-0-1) had its nine-game winning streak ended in a 1-1 2OT draw at Middlebury on Saturday.
• Senior Sterling Weatherbie scored the equalizer in the 20th minute for the Jumbos, who outshot the Panthers 16-8 in the match.
• Junior Joe Braun (3-2-8) is tied for the team lead in goals, sophomore Travis Van Brewer (2-4-8) leads the squad in assists, and classmate Max Jacobs (3-0-6) has notched three game-winning markers.
• Senior goalkeeper Conner Mieth boasts a 0.40 goals against average and a .897 save percentage to go along with five clean sheets in 10 starts.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Babson (6-1-4) is unbeaten in its last five matches after defeating Emerson in overtime, 1-0, on Saturday afternoon.
• Junior Alex Crompton headed home a service from senior Noah Parker in the 93rd minute for the Beavers, who outshot the Lions 22-3 on the day.
• Parker (2-5-9) leads the Green and White in points and assists, first-year Mitchell Collins (1-3-5) is second on the squad in assists, and Crompton (2-0-4) is tied for the team lead in goals.
• Junior goalkeeper Steven Heintzelman owns a 0.46 goals against average and a .902 save percentage to go along with six shutouts in 10 starts.

BATTLE OF DOMINATING DEFENSES
• The Green and White has recorded four consecutive clean sheets for the first time since 2016 has not conceded a goal in 416 minutes going back to September 22.
• The Beavers rank 14th in Division III in goals against average (0.42), while the Jumbos, who have allowed just two goals over their last 22 matches at home, rank eighth with a 0.39 goals against average.

REGIONAL RECOGNITION
• Senior Jackson Greenspan, who earned his second NEWMAC Defensive Player of the Week honor of the season last Monday, was named to the New England Soccer Journal's Midseason Best XI last Wednesday.

RAISING THEIR LEVEL
• Tuesday's match will be the sixth of the season for the Beavers against a program that reached the 2017 NCAA Tournament. Babson is 3-0-2 in its previous five fixtures, which includes wins over Brandeis, Springfield and Mitchell, and draws with Dickinson and WPI.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• Excluding a pair of scoreless draws, the Beavers have scored first in each of their nine other matches this fall.

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