Lord Jeffs Win 2010 Home Opener with 2-1 Result Against Gordon

Sophomore Spencer Noon had a goal and an assist
in the 2-1 win over Gordon.

AMHERST, MA - The Amherst College men’s soccer team played host to visiting Gordon College this afternoon for the 2010 Home Opener for the Lord Jeffs. Amherst got a goal and an assist from sophomore forward Spencer Noon (Farmington, CT) en route to a 2-1 win.

Amherst entered the day with a 0-0-1 record after playing to a double overtime scoreless draw at Bowdoin over the weekend. The Fighting Scots of Gordon came to the grass of Hitchcock Field with a 2-2-0 overall record.

Less than five minutes into the first half sophomore Casey McNamara (Montclair, NJ) met a ball 30-yards away from the Gordon goal and played a one-time flick into space for classmate Spencer Noon (Farmington, CT) to run onto. Noon was able to navigate past a Scot defender and deposit a well-placed ball beyond goalie Ryan Coil and inside the far post to give the Jeffs a 1-0 lead.

With 25:52 remaining in the first half, the Fighting Scots found an equalizer off the head of senior co-captain Matt Horth. Off a driven corner kick by Brandon Vanderveen, Horth unleashed a hard header at the near post that beat a diving Lennard Kovacs (Wolfersdorf, Germany) to the top near corner to tie the score at 1-1.

Amherst regained a lead at 2-1 with just over 14 minutes to play before the break, ultimately holding on for the win. Noon beat a man on the right side and played a beautifully bent ball into the six-yard box for senior captain Ian Rothkopf (Harvard, MA). The 6’4” striker beat a Gordon defender and Coil to the ball and headed home the go-ahead score.

Early in the second stanza, Amherst rookie Andrew Bixler (Southington, CT) took a shot off a bouncing ball at the top of the 18-yard box. His effort beat a diving Coil to the goal line, but carommed off the right post to deny the Lord Jeff first-year his first collegiate score.

As the second half clock ran out on hopes of a Gordon comeback, the Jeffs closed out the 2-1 win. There were very few chances in the second half, with Kovacs earing the win in net for the Jeffs. Amherst held a 21-5 edge in shots, and a 7-4 advantage in corner kicks. Coil made four saves in the loss for the Fighting Scots.

Amherst returns to action on Friday afternoon when NESCAC rival Tufts University comes to campus for a 4:30 p.m. game on Hitchcock Field.