October 14, 2019

Nor'easter News - Week 7

By Henry Loughlin

Recap of the Week

A wild last week of soccer was capped by Amherst’s 2-1 overtime win over Tufts that gives the Mammoths control of home field advantage in the NESCAC tournament. Earlier in the week, Babson pulled the shock of the season (so far), upending Tufts — who, on Sunday, was held to a 1-1 draw by host Hamilton — 2-0. The Jumbos, who find themselves in the unfamiliar position of second in the NESCAC, will look to respond in what has become arguably the most pivotal game of their season this weekend against Conn. College. Outside of the purview of the NESCAC, NEWMAC, and CCC, Thomas (ME) of the NAC has reason to be hopeful after a slow start, and its fans will want to keep an eye on the future.

Impressions

At this time last week, Tufts was still undefeated, with a draw on the road to Wesleyan the only time the Jumbos had failed to win thus far this season. Returning from a three-game road trip, the Jumbos head into this week with two losses and a draw, as they sit at 8-2-2 overall. And while Saturday’s loss to Amherst was the most consequential in terms of NESCAC standings and, thus, home field advantage, Wednesday’s defeat to Babson was definitely the more surprising result. In that game, Babson got two first half goals — one 10 minutes in, the second midway through the half — and while many expected the Tufts onslaught to come, it never did, and the Jumbos fell to a 2-0 defeat. Saturday, Tufts looked to end its poor run of form at Amherst, but while the Jumbos came out strong and took the lead through Gavin Tasker, the host Mammoths equalized about 10 minutes later through German Giammattei. The second half featured a number of chances for both teams, but neither was able to take advantage, and it was on to overtime. This game had all the features of a game petering out for a draw, but...

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Nor'easter News

 

Nor'easter News provides coverage of Division III men's soccer throughout the New England region, home to the NESCAC, one of the nation's strongest and deepest conferences, as well as the NEWMAC, CCC, LEC and others. Each week the more significant results of the previous week are discussed, along with impressions and analysis, followed by the selection of a game to keep an eye on in the week ahead.

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Henry Loughlin

Henry Loughlin is a Brandeis University graduate (2014, Politics & American Studies) and has enjoyed watching Division III soccer for the past six years as a student and alumnus. Though a writer by trade, his interest in numbers and statistical analysis makes soccer writing and commentary a favorite pastime. [see full bio]

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