Amherst Rebounds with 5-2 Home Win Over Colby

Reid Wilson scored the game-winner
against Colby.
AMHERST, MA – After a stunning mid-week conference loss to Conn College, the Amherst College men’s soccer team faced off against visiting Colby College this afternoon in a crucial NESCAC match. The Lord Jeffs responded with authority, scoring four first-half goals en route to a 5-2 win over the White Mules.

Amherst jumped out to an early 1-0 lead just six minutes into the game on a penalty kick. Sophomore winger Chris Skayne (Boxborough, MA) drew the foul on the left side of the 18-yard box on a slashing run through the Mule defense. Senior quad-captain Rory O’Connor (West Boylston, MA) converted the penalty with a hard shot to the lower left corner.

In the 12th minute, Amherst increased its lead to 2-0 on a beautiful goal off a set piece. Newly named captain G.L. Genco (Hauppauge, NY) delivered an out-swinging ball from the edge of the 18-yard box to a streaking Jake Duker (Newton, MA). The fellow quad-captain headed the ball to the far post and in.

The Jeffs took a 3-0 lead in the 22nd minute, after junior flanker Reid Wilson (Portland, OR) blasted home the rebound of a Skayne shot. Just 83 second later, Amherst scored once again, this time on another header by first-year back Sam Kaplan (Brunswick, ME). Classmate Jae Heo (ChangWon, S. Korea) delivered the service, and Kaplan provided the fireworks on a high-rising header, back across the frame and in.

Colby responded with less than ten minutes to play in the first half, after drawing a penalty kick of its own. Midfielder Andrew Cheit scored on the penalty for his third goal of the year, after Amherst goalie Lennard Kovacs (Wolferdorf, Germany) dove the wrong way.

The second half of play was marred by a number of stoppages for injuries, with just a few close scoring opportunities. On a number of occasions, Amherst had near misses as Duker and first-year James Mooney (Princeton, NJ) were just inches away from heading crosses on frame.

Colby scored a second goal on a penalty kick with 9:29 to play, as Nate Seiberling converted the spot kick that he earned. Amherst responded against late heavy pressure from the Mules, with a transition goal with 2:20 to go. Duker played a ball back past the final Colby defender to sophomore Chris Linsmayer (Denver, CO) to tap in on the goal line.

Kovacs made a pair of saves for Amherst in the win, while Colby’s Doug Sibor took the loss with two saves and four goals-against in the first half. Dan Marden finished off the game in net for Colby, making five saves and allowing one goal.

With the final whistle, Amherst took a convincing 5-2 win, with both Colby goals on penalty kicks. The win pushes the Lord Jeffs to 6-3 (3-3 NESCAC), while Colby falls to 4-5 (1-4 NESCAC). Amherst will face Elms on Tuesday evening in a non-conference home game at 7 p.m.