Amherst Needs Overtime to Grab 2-1 Win at Trinity and No. 2 Seed

MooneyFirst-year James Mooney scored the game-tying
goal at Trinity, helping Amherst the No. 2 seed.

From a Trinity College release

HARTFORD, CT - The Amherst College men's soccer team needed overtime to grab a 2-1 win at Trinity College this afternoon in its 2008 regular season finale, and clinch the No. 2 seed in the upcoming NESCAC Tournament. Senior quad-captain Jake Duker (Newton, MA) scored the game-winner in the extra frame for the Lord Jeffs.

In the crucial NESCAC season finale, the Trinity Bantams took a 1-0 lead just 17:42 into the game on an unassisted tally by Nick Cantone.

The score was the only goal of the first half, and sent Trinity to the break ahead, despite Amherst holding a 9-6 edge in shots in the opening stanza.

In the second half, Amherst grabbed the equalizer from an unlikely combination of players. Senior Nick Lynch (Kingston, Jamaica) was the usual playmaker, dishing out his team-leading 8th assist of the year, but this time to an unlikely goal scorer. First-year James Mooney (Princeton, NJ) grabbed a hold of the Lynch feed and scored a beautiful goal, just the third of his career to tie the match 1-1 in the 69th minute.

The game was sent for overtime after the second half ended in a deadlock. The Lord Jeffs turned to Duker on a great play off a throw in for the game-winner. Junior Mark Crane (Cambridge, MA) made a long throw to sophomore Ian Rothkopf (Harvard, MA), who flicked a header to Duker for the score.

With the victory, Amherst improves to 9-3-2 overall, and more importantly, 5-3-1 in conference play. With the win, Amherst clinched the No. 2 seed in the upcoming NESCAC Tournament, and will host No. 7 Wesleyan University on Sunday afternoon at 12 p.m. on Hitchcock Field.

BOX SCORE

2008 MEN’S SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP

Sunday, November 2 at Higher Seeds
Quarterfinal Games
No. 8 Bowdoin at No. 1 Middlebury - 12:00 pm
No. 7 Wesleyan at No. 2 Amherst – 12:00 pm
No. 6 Tufts at No. 3 Trinity – 12:00 pm

No. 5 Bates at No. 4 Williams – 12:00 pm

Saturday, November 8 at Highest Remaining Seed

Semifinals – games at 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Highest remaining seed vs. lowest remaining seed
Remaining first round winners

Sunday, November 9
Final - 12:00 noon
Semifinal winners