Jeffs Suffer First Loss of Season at Conn. College, 4-1

Amherst suffered a 4-1 loss at Connecticut College to mark its first setback of the season.

From a Conn College release

NEW LONDON, CT - The second-ranked Amherst College men's soccer team fell to Connecticut College 4-1 this afternoon for the team's first loss of the 2009 season. Conn improves to 3-1 (2-1 NESCAC), while Amherst sits with the same record and no head-to-head advantage over the Camels.

Graham Christensen (Darien, Conn.) netted a pair of second half scores and Trevor Prophet (Nashua, N.H.) chipped in with a goal and an assist for the upstart Camels, who held a 21-to-19 advantage in shots. Sophomore striker Oscar Brown (Ridgefield, Conn.) contributed a first half goal in the triumph.

The Camels opened the scoring in the 41st minute of play. Mike Crosby (Sudbury, Mass.) launched a rocket of a throw in all the way across the field into the center of the scoring box. Prophet was able to get a head on the ball and leave it at the far post for Brown, who found the back of the net with the goal.

The Camels extended the lead to two in the 81st minute. Christensen was able to collect a rebound off a shot in traffic and score the first goal of his collegiate career. Later on with 4:45 remaining, Christensen added some insurance for the hosts. Freshman Nick Maghenzani (Allendale, N.J.) rifled a cross from 35 yards out all the way across the box. Christensen was able to chip in a one-timer at the far post to make it a 3-0 lead.

Amherst finally broke through in the 86th minute when Spencer Noon (Farmington, Conn.) put in his team-leading fourth goal of the season. But Prophet added an insurance goal in the 88th minute and the Camels had more than enough to hold on for the 4-1 victory.

Amherst will play at Springfield College Wednesday evening in non-conference action at 7 p.m.