Men's Soccer Edges Trinity, 1-0, to Advance to NESCAC Finals

From a Middlebury College release
Cropped TeamThe Amherst College men's soccer team will play in the 2008 NESCAC
Championship against Middlebury tomorrow at noon.

MIDDLEBURY, VT – Amherst will makes its fourth trip to the NESCAC title game, after a 1-0 semifinal win over Trinity at Middlebury.this afternoon. The Jeffs will take on the host school, a 1-0 winner over Williams, in the title game at noon on Sunday with an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament on the line.

Amherst had a nice chance early in the game, but a header hit the crossbar. The Jeff s threatened again in the 29th minute, but shots by Nick Lynch (Kingston, Jamaica) and Chris Skayne  (Boxborough, MA) were denied by Trinity keeper Zac Trudeau.

The game was knotted at the half, with Amherst controlling the play with a 10-4 shots advantage. The Jeffs had another opportunity in the 65th minute, as Lynch’s shot from the outside was knocked away by Trudeau, and G.L. Genco (Hauppauge, NY)  gathered the rebound and launched a shot just wide.

The Jeffs scored the game-winner with just 4:37 remaining in the game as James  Mooney (Princeton, NJ) broke in on the left wing. The rookie shot from about 20 yards out, as the ball was partially blocked by Trudeau as it got by him and trickled across the line.

Lennard Kovacs (Wolfersdorf, Germany) made four saves in goal to earn his fourth shutout of the season, while Trudeau ended the contest with 10 saves.