Medford, MA --- Tanner Jameson (Pittsford, NY) delivered a goal in the final minute of regulation to provide defending national champion and fifth-ranked Tufts a thrilling 2-1 triumph over visiting WPI Sunday afternoon in a NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Tournament second round contest.
Tufts, which has captured three of the last five national championships, improves to 16-2-2 on the season. The Jumbos are slated to play Washington & Lee University Generals on Saturday, November 23 in a sectional semifinal. Location and time of the contest are to be announced.
WPI, which on Saturday, won its first NCAA Tournament game in 43 years, sees its amazing season close at 13-4-4.
With less than one minute in regulation, Brett Rojas (Madison, NJ) fired a shot that was ruled blocked by the Engineers, earning Tufts a corner kick. Zach Seigelstein (New York, NY) took the corner and found Jameson, who headed home the game-winner with 34 seconds remaining on the clock for his first collegiate goal.
After a physical opening few minutes, WPI struck first. After a strong pass through the Jumbo backline for Jackson Conroy (Reading, MA), the senior sent a cross from the right side of the box to the middle for Jivan Purutyan (Concord, MA) who chipped the pass in for his first career goal at 13:40.
Tufts equalized in the open 10 minutes of the second half when Calvin Aroh (Glastonbury, CT) took a WPI clearance and fired home the tying into the right side of the goal at 54:29.
Rufus Adams (Duxbury, MA) recorded four saves in net for WPI while Erich Kindermann (Rockville, MD) made a pair of stops for the Jumbos.
Tufts outshot the Engineers, 16-8. The teams had seven corner kicks each. WPI was called for 11 fouls while the Jumbos were called for 10 in the physical affair.