Jeffs Survive 1-0 Scare at Rhode Island College for 12th Win
First-year Ian Rothkopf scored his third goal of the
year in the form of a game-winner against R.I.C.
PROVIDENCE, RI - Amherst College freshman forward Ian Rothkopf (Harvard, MA) snapped a scoreless game in the 82nd minute with his third goal of the season to lift the Jeffs past Rhode Island College, 1-0, at the RIC Soccer Field on Tuesday evening.
The 12th-ranked Jeffs held RIC to a season-low seven shots as they improve to 12-1 overall. The Anchormen fall to 7-8-2 and suffer their fifth shutout loss of the season.
Although scoring opportunities were tough to come by, RIC missed a great chance to take the lead early in the game. During a scramble in the box in the seventh minute, the ball found its way to sophomore midfielder Ryan Kelley (Hope, RI). He chipped the ball over Amherst junior goalkeeper Jeffrey Grover (Framingham, MA), who had come out of his net, but it was cleared out of harm's way by his defense.
The Jeffs continued to pump shots at Rhode Island College senior goalkeeper Jadon Neves (Warren, RI), but were unable to find the back of the net. The Anchormen were forced to play the final 56 minutes of the game a man down when junior back Robert Sturdahl (Coventry, RI) was sent off with a red card in the 34th minute.
It looked like the game was headed for an extra session before Amherst netted the decisive marker with under 10 minutes remaining. Senior forward Taylor Downs (Hastings-on-Hudson, NY) crossed a pass from the left flank that Rothkopf re-directed for the game-winner.
Grover made one save to earn his fourth shutout and 10th (10-1) win. Neves made a season-high 11 stops as his record falls to 3-6-1.
In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will battle first-place Southern Maine in the Little East Conference regular season finale on Saturday, while Amherst will play at NESCAC rival Williams on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 11 a.m.