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Jumbos blank men's soccer

MEDFORD, Mass. -- Gus Santos scored a goal and assisted on another in the first half and the Tufts men's soccer team went on to a 4-0 victory against Bates College in NESCAC action at Bello Field Sunday.

The Jumbos ended a three-game winless streak (0-1-2) with the victory and improved to 5-1-2 overall and 3-1-2 in NESCAC play. Bates, playing about 24 hours after facing Hamilton in Clinton, N.Y., dropped to 2-5-1 overall and 0-5-1 in NESCAC play.

The Tufts defense recorded its fifth shutout in eight games this fall, allowing just five Bates shots. Goalkeeper Wyatt Zeller needed only two saves to earn the win.

Playing on the Bello synthetic turf due to rain, Santos was able to utilize his speed to help the Jumbos surge to a two-goal halftime lead. He carried the ball to the top of the box and scored in the 11th minute on a shot low to the right.

In the 32nd minute, Santos created more offense as his hard shot was saved by Bates freshman keeper Sam Polito (Far Hills, N.J.). But Scott Blumenthal was on the doorstep to finish the rebound and give Tufts a 2-0 lead.

The best Bates opportunity of the half came on a long free kick by senior captain John Murphy (Yarmouth, Maine) that was blasted wide right by senior Nick Barron (Kirkwood, Mo.). However, the visitors finished the first 45 minutes without a shot on goal.

Tufts increased its lead to 3-0 as Pat Bauer beat Polito low left. Michael Miele wrapped up the scoring when he volleyed in a cross by Riu Pinheiro.

Murphy and sophomore Nick Ford (Columbus, Ohio) had shots on goal for Bates in the second half.

The Jumbos held large margins of 17-5 in shots and 9-1 in corners for the game. Polito made five saves for the Bobcats, including four in the first half.

Bates welcomes Wesleyan for a NESCAC match on Saturday at 2pm, as part of Parents & Family Weekend.