MEDFORD, Mass. – Freshman goalkeeper A.J. Marcucci (West Chester, Pa.) made eight saves as the Connecticut College men's soccer team battled Tufts, the top-ranked team in the country, to a scoreless draw on Saturday afternoon at Bello Field.
Tufts (3-0-1, NESCAC 1-0-1), which won the national championship last season, earned the first and arguably the only good scoring opportunity during the first half when Zach Lane sent a cross over to Kevin Halliday in the 23rd minute. Halliday rocketed a shot towards the right corner, but Marcucci dove and came away with the save.
The Camels had an excellent chance to score in the 79th minute when Jamie Martin broke through the Jumbo defense, creating a one-on-one opportunity with only Jumbo goalkeeper Bruce Johnson to beat. Defender Calvin Aroh, however, recovered and poked the ball away at the last moment to keep the match scoreless.
The Jumbos outshot the Camels by a 7-1 margin and fired a barrage of shots at Marcucci, but the freshman and the defense being anchored by classmate Liam Donelan (Milton, Mass.) held its ground. Marcucci punched away another Halliday shot in the 98th minute and came far out from the net to disrupt a play in the 103rd minute to salvage the tie.
Johnson turned away three shots for Tufts, which outshot the visitors by a 16-5 margin and had an 11-3 advantage in corner kick opportunities, while Marcucci remained unbeaten as a collegian by making eight saves for the the Camels.
Connecticut College (3-0-1, NESCAC 1-0-1) will look to remain undefeated when it visits Colby tomorrow at 2:30 p.m.