Jeffs Hold 34-2 Shot Advantage in 7-0 Win at St. Joseph's

Casey McNamara '13 scored two goals for Amherst.

Courtesy of Saint Joseph’s College

STANDISH, ME – The Amherst College men’s soccer team held a 34-2 advantage in shots during Sunday afternoon’s 7-0 win over Saint Joseph’s College at Westerlea Way Field. Casey McNamara ’13 (Montclair, NJ) scored two goals to help the Lord Jeffs improve to 2-0-2, while the Monks drop to 4-4.

The Lord Jeffs—ranked fifth in the most recent NSCAA New England Region Poll—controlled the match from horn to horn and held commanding advantages in shots and corner kicks (9-0). Amherst took a 1-0 lead in the 10th minute on a goal from Ian Rothkopf ’11 (Harvard, MA), who recorded at least one point in each of the team’s three games this week.

A tally from James Mooney ’12 (Princeton, NJ) less than nine minutes later sparked a three-goal surge that spanned just over two minutes, as the visitors held a daunting 4-0 cushion with 24:36 left in the first half. McNamara found the netting at the 19:47 mark off a Mooney pass and Spencer Noon ’13 (Farmington, CT) beat goalkeeper Nick Campasano 47 seconds later to account for the four-goal lead. Julien Aoyama ’14 (Nasberth, PA) was credited with an assist on the Noon marker for his first collegiate point.

Nearly 40 minutes of scoreless play ensued before Federico Sucre ’13 (Caracas, Venezuela) scored on a header off a T.J. Kelley ’12 (Walnut Creek, CA) corner in the 61st minute, marking Sucre’s first collegiate goal. McNamara notched his second tally of the game off a Max Fikke ’14 (New York, NY) pass at the 65:01 mark and Chris Linsmayer ’11 (Denver, CO) capped the game scoring with a 72nd-minute goal after a scramble in front of the St. Joe’s net. Fikke's assist was his first career point.

Splitting time in net for Amherst were Lennard Kovacs ’12 (Wolfersdorf, Germany), Brandon Saldana ’13 (Garden City, NY) and Alex Coburn ’11 (Brookline, MA), who combined for the shutout but did not have to make any saves. Kovacs played the first 26 minutes, Saldana played the next 47, and Coburn handled the final 17.

Campasano made 10 saves in the losing effort and Kenny Grade, who entered the game after the Linsmayer marker, registered three saves with one goal allowed in his first collegiate appearance.

The Monks haven’t allowed seven goals since suffering a 7-0 defeat at the hands of Johnson & Wales University on Oct. 13, 2007. St. Joe’s, which was held without a goal in a 3-0 setback to Lasell yesterday, hasn’t endured back to back shutouts since early in the 2008 season.

The Lord Jeffs will return to action Saturday, Sept. 25, when they host Connecticut College on Hitchcock Field at 2:30 p.m.