Amherst Routs Tufts 4-0 in NESCAC Road Action

Rookie Robert Gooden had his first collegiate goal and assist
in a 4-0 win at Tufts this afternoon.

From a Tufts University release

MEDFORD, MA – The 2nd-ranked Amherst College men’s soccer team traveled to face NESCAC rival Tufts University this afternoon in conference action. The Lord Jeffs scored early and often, riding a pair of one-goal, one-assist performances by two first-years en route to a 4-0 victory. The result improves Amherst’s record to 3-0 (2-0 NESCAC) on the year, while Tufts drops to 0-3 (0-2 NESCAC).

Amherst scored the game’s first goal, with reigning NESCAC Men’s Soccer Player of the Week Spencer Noon (Farmington, CT) finishing off an assist from senior co-captain Matt Lewis (Wayland, MA) in just the 16th minute.

It looked as though Amherst would take that 1-0 lead into the locker room for halftime, before Amherst first-year Jelani Rooks (Princeton, NJ) scored in the 44th minute. Rooks took a feed from classmate Robert Gooden (Atlanta, GA) at the top of the 18-yard box and deposited the ball inside the near post for his first collegiate score.

In the second half, Amherst junior forward Chris Linsmayer (Denver, CO) finished off a rebound from a Noon header in the 54th minute. The score was Linsmayer’s first of the season, off Noon’s first helper of his collegiate career.

Late in the second half, Gooden scored an unassisted tally for his first collegiate goal. Gooden’s 84th minute score closed out the scoring, as Amherst cruised to a convincing 4-0 result. Gooden and Noon each finished the day with a goal and an assist, as the Lord Jeffs may have found their newest one-two punch.

Amherst goalie Lennard Kovacs (Wolfersdorf, Germany) played all 90 minutes for the shutout win, his second in the first three games of the year. Kovacs did not need to make a single save today, but lowered his goals-against-average to 0.33.

The Lord Jeffs will return home this afternoon, and have the full week off before traveling to face Connecticut College next Saturday. Amherst and Conn will take their field in New London at 2:30 p.m.