Amherst Ends in 1-1 Tie at Wesleyan

First-year Jae Heo scored on a free kick to lead Amherst to a 1-1 tie at Wesleyan.

Courtesy of Wesleyan Sports Information

MIDDLETOWN, CT – The Amherst College men’s soccer team ended in a 1-1 tie with Little Three rival Wesleyan University Saturday afternoon, as the Lord Jeffs and Cardinals battled through 90 minutes of regulation and 20 minutes of extra time.

Sophomore Geoff Zartarian scored his third goal of the year off a feed from senior Ozzie Parente in the 12th minute to spot Wesleyan a 1-0 lead before first-year Jae Heo (Changwon, South Korea) tied the game on a free kick for Amherst in the 24th minute. 

The teams played scoreless for the final 86 minutes, including 20 minutes of overtime. Each team had a golden opportunity to score in the extra periods as Amherst first-year sensation Heo hit the post with 1:30 left in the first overtime period while Wesleyan junior Mark Murphy went in alone on Amherst first-year goalie Lennard Kovacs (Wolfersdorf, Germany) but sent a shot wide to the left with 2:20 to go in the second extra frame. 

Wesleyan, which played the final 70 minutes of the contest up a man due to a red card to Amherst junior Reid Wilson (Portland, OR) in the 41st minute, extended its unbeaten string vs. Amherst to seven games (3-0-4), as the Jeffs have not defeated the Cardinals since the 2003 regular season.

Amherst, which played 70 minutes with a one-man disadvantage, played great soccer and was able to stay in the game after a controversial red-card penalty.

Kovacs finished with 10 saves for Amherst (7-3-1/3-3-1 NESCAC) and faced 20 shots, while Nigel Stacey stopped four shots and faced 14 for the Cardinals (4-5-2/2-2-2 NESCAC).