Joe Braun converted a corner kick from Travis Van Brewer eight minutes into Saturday's overtime, giving #7 Tufts (10-2-2, 6-1-2) a 2-1 victory over Middlebury on Bello Field. The Panthers (7-2-5, 3-2-4) return to action on Tuesday when they host Williams in the regular-season finale at 2:30 p.m.
After a scoreless first half, Middlebury went on top 1-0 at the 62:13 mark when Drew Goulart scored on a free kick from 23 yards out on the left side. The marker was his team-leading fourth of the season.
Tufts had a great chance to tie the game in the 77th minute, but a penalty kick was denied by a great diving save to his left by Panther goalie Ryan Grady.
The Jumbos knotted the game at the 81:11 mark when a long throw in from Zach Lane was headed toward the goal by Braun. Gavin Tasker was there to one-touch a shot into the back of the net from 15 yards out to make it a 1-1 contest. The goal was the first allowed by the Panther defense in 342:26.
Tufts nearly went on top 2-1 in the 84th minute, but Grady denied a couple of great opportunities by Max Jacobs.
The hosts had another penalty kick in the 84th minute, but this one missed high as the game remained tied at 1-1.
Middlebury had a golden opportunity with less than three minutes remaining as Brandon Reid gained some space and had an open look at the net from 15 yards out. Unfortunately for Reid, his shot was denied by a Tufts defender, as the game was forced into overtime.
Tufts held a 21-10 shots advantage in the game and an 8-3 lead in corner kicks. Grady finished with six saves, while Will Harned made a pair for the Jumbos.