Men's Soccer Stunned by Conn. College at Home, 1-0

Sophomore Chris Skayne and the Amherst
defense played well in the losing effort.
AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College men’s soccer team dropped a mid-week NESCAC match-up against the visiting Camels of Conn College this afternoon on Gooding Field. Amherst falls to 5-3 (2-3 NESCAC) on the year with the loss, while Conn climbs to 4-4 (3-2 NESCAC).

Heading into this afternoon’s game, Amherst held a 7-1 head-to-head advantage over Conn since the 2000 season, with the Camels winning 1-0 in 2003.

Amherst controlled the ball throughout the first-half, as they piled up a 9-6 edge in shots and a 3-1 advantage in corner kicks in the opening frame. The one-two scoring punch of senior captain Jake Duker (Newton, MA) and Jae Heo (Chang Won, S. Korea) looked dangerous, but could not break through Conn goalie Ted Lane.

After the halftime break, Amherst pressured deep into the Camel backline on a number of occasions, but could not find the game’s first goal. Conn looked content to try and contain the Lord Jeffs, and spring counter attacks up front with forward Trevor Prohpet.

Conn College ultimately struck first in the 71st minute, as Matt Hula played a long ball into the Amherst defensive third. Prophet met up with the bouncing ball and lashed a hard full volley over Amherst keeper Lennard Kovacs (Wolfersdorf, Germany) and under the crossbar.

Just minutes later, Prophet was given a straight red card for a hard foul in the Amherst defensive box. With the Camels having to play a man-down for the final 15 minutes of the game, Amherst was given just the window it needed to equalize.

Amherst looked dangerous in the final moments of the game playing 11-on-10, and eventually swapped out senior defender Grayson Holland (Sudbury, MA) for the more offensively minded Joe Addison (Midlothian, VA). The Camels held on down the stretch though, as they would bend, but not break.

The Lord Jeffs held a strong edge in every statistic as the final whistle blew, with a 16-9 advantage in shots, and with seven corners to Conn’s two. Kovacs made one save in the loss, while Conn College’s Lane turned away seven Amherst shots for the shutout win.

Amherst will face Colby at home on Saturday for a 2 p.m. game on Hitchcock Field, while Conn will host Bowdoin at the same time.