Men's Soccer Earns Convincing 6-0 Win at Anna Maria

Senior Nick Lynch had three assists in the first half of Amherst's 6-0 win at Anna Maria.
Courtesy of Anna Maria Sports Information

PAXTON, MA – The Amherst College men’s soccer team held a 3-0 lead over host Anna Maria College after just three minutes and 38 seconds of action, as the Lord Jeffs kicked off their 2008 season with a convincing 6-0 win over the AMCATS. Anna Maria drops to 0-4-0 on the year, while Amherst moves to 1-0-0.

The Lord Jeffs were sparked by two goals from senior Jake Duker (Newton, MA) and three assists from senior Nick Lynch (Kingston, Jamaica), as they out-shot the AMCATS 29-10.

Amherst got it going early when Lynch fed sophomore Ian Rothkopf (Harvard, MA), who found the back of the net for the game’s first goal in just the third minute of play. Lynch was at it again less than a minute later when he found sophomore Ryan Conti (Rochester, NY), who scored to put the Lord Jeffs ahead 2-0.

Less than 20 seconds later, Duker took a pass from Conti and scored his first of two goals on the day to increase the Amherst lead to 3-0. The Lord Jeffs would tack on goals from Duker and Rothkopf to go into halftime up 5-0.

The AMCATS would hold their own in the second half, creating several scoring opportunities, including a breakaway shot on goal by junior George Markopoulos, but Amherst first-year goalkeeper Lennard Kovacs (Wolfersdorf, Germany) made the save to help the Jeffs earn a shutout in his collegiate debut.

The Lord Jeffs added a goal on a header by senior Taylor Brown (Boulder, CO), who was assisted by junior Rob Denious (Bloomfield Hills, MI), and went on to win by the score of 6-0.  Kovacs finished with six saves in 84 minutes of action.

The Jeffs, who are currently ranked ninth in the nation, return to action Saturday, Sept. 13 to take on defending NESCAC and NCAA champion Middlebury College on the road at 2 p.m. Amherst defeated Middlebury in the 2007 regular season, 3-1, before being upset by the Panthers in the conference finals, 1-0.