Lord Jeffs Shut Out Salve Regina to Improve to 11-0
Senior tri-captain John Kneeland had a pair of assists against Salve Regina.
AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College men’s soccer team took a 3-0 lead over Salve Regina University into halftime at Gooding Field. The Lord Jeffs dominated the Seahawks from start to finish and held on for the 3-0 win to improve to 11-0 (7-0 NESCAC) on the season. With the loss, the Seahawks drop to 5-5-1. Amherst has scored at least two goals in each of its 11 games this season.
It took Amherst less than five minutes to score its first goal of the game, as the Jeffs used some pristine passing to set up sophomore Rob Denious (Bloomfield Hills, MI). Senior Kevin Dolan (Peabody, MA) sent a beautiful cross from the right side corner to senior tri-captain John Kneeland (Holden, MA), who was all alone on the left side. Kneeland settled the pass and sent the ball back toward the middle of the field, where Denious placed a header to the keeper’s right side, freezing him on his line with 40:02 showing on the clock.
Ten and a half minutes later, Amherst increased its lead to two goals when junior Nick Lynch (Kingston, Jamaica) set up for a corner kick and Kneeland showed for a short ball. Kneeland had plenty of time to settle himself and find a target, as he sent a perfect cross to junior Grayson Holland (Sudbury, MA), who placed his header just inside the near post.
It looked as though Amherst would take its 2-0 lead into halftime, but senior Jon Pryor (Roslyn, NY) came up with a loose ball inside the 6-yard line and snuck a shot past Seahawks’ sophomore keeper Kurt Ginthwain. The goal capped off a dominant half for the Jeffs, who out-shot Salve Regina 14-0 in the first 45 minutes.
The three-goal advantage allowed Amherst to play several subs and younger players in the second half. The Jeffs played another solid 45 minutes of soccer but were unable to pad their lead, as they finished with a 3-0 win. A tenacious Amherst defense frustrated the Seahawks’ forwards all day, as the visitors did not take a single shot. The Jeffs also dominated the corner kick battle, 11-1.
Senior Moe Zeidan (Eden Prarie, MN) did not have to make any saves in net, but still played a solid game and was in the right places at the right times to anchor the defense, while Ginthwain made five stops for Salve Regina.
The Lord Jeffs return to action Saturday, Oct. 20 for a home match-up with Little Three rival Wesleyan University. Game time is set for 11 a.m. on Hitchcock Field.