Men's Soccer Ends Season with 2-0 Loss at York in NCAAs

2009 Team
Amherst's season came to and end this afternoon in the NCAA Tournament.

YORK, PA - The Amherst College men's soccer team's bid to make a second straight NCAA "Final Four" appearance came to a close today, with the Lord Jeffs falling to York College (Pa.) 2-0 in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament. Today's loss marks the second time in the last three seasons that the Spartans have closed the door on an Amherst post-season run.

Amherst advanced to today's second round matchup with a 4-0 win over Salem State in the First Round. The victory earned the Jeffs a meeting with York, who topped Cazenovia College 6-0. Today's game was a re-match of the 2007 Round of 16 game that saw York advance past Amherst on penalty kicks after a scoreless tie.

Today's game was a hard fought battle, with 21 fouls called during the contest, and a pair of yellow cards handed out late in the second half. York out-shot Amherst 23-4, with the Lord Jeffs managing just one shot on frame to York's nine. The Spartans had all four of the corner kicks in the match as well.

Amherst's best chance of the game came just a quarter of an hour into the first half. On a long throw in from senior Chris Devine (Auburn, MA), rookie Frederico Sucre (Caracas, Venezuela) flicked a header that scooted just wide of the York goal.

In the 30th minute of the game, York took a 1-0 lead on the eventual game-winner. Kemal Nuspahic carried the ball into the Amherst penalty box, and slipped a ball through to Antonio Bua, who slotted a shot past Amherst goalie Lennard Kovacs (Wolfersdorf, Germany). The score was Bua's seventh goal of the season.

Just 2:15 into the second half, York doubled its lead to 2-0 on an unassisted effort by Nuspahic. The Spartan star collected the ball near the top of the box, and carried possession for a few touches before slipping a shot in to the right side of the goal. York hit the post on another two ocassions, as the Spartans looked for insurance as time ran out on Amherst.

The Lord Jeffs end the season with a 12-4-1 record, and have reached the NCAA Second Round in four straight season. Amherst will lose five seniors to graduation this spring, but returns a talented group next season and will be expected to make another run at both NESCAC and NCAA titles.