Amherst Blanks Bridgewater for Third Consecutive Shutout

Andrew Bixler '14 scored his first collegiate goal.

Courtesy of Bridgewater State

BRIDGEWATER, MA – The Amherst College men’s soccer team posted a 5-0 shutout victory over host Bridgewater State University Sunday afternoon at Swenson Field. Five players scored for the unbeaten Lord Jeffs, who improve to 4-0-2 on the season. The Bears fall to 6-2-0.

The Lord Jeffs held a 25-4 shot advantage on the afternoon but led by only one goal at halftime, with senior forward Ian Rothkopf (Harvard, MA) scoring for Amherst in the 23rd minute. Junior forward James Mooney (Princeton, NJ), sophomore forward Spencer Noon (Farmington, CT), first-year midfielder Andrew Bixler (Southington, CT) and sophomore midfielder Federico Sucre (Caracas, Venezuela) added second-half tallies, with the final two goals coming in the last five minutes of the contest.

Bixler’s tally in the 86th minute marked his first collegiate points. Noon now leads Amherst with five goals on the season, while Rothkopf has scored three times and Sucre and Mooney have each scored twice.  
Junior Lennard Kovacs (Wolfersdorf, Germany) made two saves to earn the win in goal for Amherst, increasing his shutout streak to 232 minutes and 47 seconds. Sophomore Brandon Saldana (Garden City, NY) played the final 11 minutes and 34 seconds in relief of Kovacs and did not face a shot. Junior DJ Siewierski (Stow, MA) turned aside nine shots for the Bears.
The Lord Jeffs will return to action Saturday, Oct. 2, when they head to Williams College for a pivotal NESCAC showdown with the Ephs (5-0-1) in a battle of unbeatens.