Men's Soccer NCAA Tournament Run Ended at Tufts
Medford, MA – The Montclair State men's soccer team's bid for a trip to the NCAA Division III Final Four was dashed on Sunday afternoon as the Red Hawks fell to Tufts University in the Sectional Final at Bello Field. MSU finished the season at 18-2-4 as it lost for the first time a 5-1 setback against Messiah College on September 8 snapping an 18-game unbeaten streak. It was also the first time all season that Montclair, one of the top scoring teams in Division, was shutout. Joe Braun put the Jumbos (16-0-3) on the board early scoring in the eighth minute off an assist from Brett Rojas, who then set up Gavin Tasker in the 16th minute making the score 2-0. Travis Van Brewer made it a three-goal margin at the 19:34 mark with Derek Enge scoring with 12:17 left for the 4-0 advantage. The Jumbos outshot Montclair State 21-12 in the game. Tufts goalkeeper Conner Mieth and Will Harned combined on the shutout making six saves total. Mieth had five in the first 69 minutes before Harned stopped one in his 21 minutes of work. MIKE SAALFRANK, playing in his final game for Montclair State posted four saves. The Red Hawks were making their 18th appearance in the NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Championship and their seventh in the Sectional Tournament, the previous one coming in 2013. Montclair State advanced to the Final Four in 2011.