Athletics

Noon, McNamara Each Score Twice in 7-0 Win Over Husson

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Spencer Noon '13 scored twice in the first half.

AMHERST, MA – Spencer Noon ’13 (Farmington, CT) and Casey McNamara ’13 (Montclair, NJ) each scored a pair of goals to lead the 14th-ranked Amherst College men’s soccer team to a 7-0 win over Husson University Wednesday evening on a cold and misty Gooding Field.

Amherst improves to 5-0-3 (1-0-3 NESCAC) on the season, while Husson drops to 2-8-0 (1-2-0 NAC). The Lord Jeffs are unbeaten in their past 25 regular-season non-conference games (24-0-1) and have never lost to a non-conference opponent on Gooding Field (8-0-1).

The first half belonged to the Jeffs, who out-shot the visitors by a 17-1 margin and held a 10-1 edge in corners in the frame. Mason Smith ’13 made six stops and played extremely well in the first 45 minutes, but Amherst’s offense was relentless.

Smith’s first big save came nearly eight minutes into the half when Noon received a pass in the box. He had only the Husson goalie to beat, but Smith made a sliding stop to deflect Noon’s shot out of bounds. On the ensuing corner Ian Rothkopf ’11 (Harvard, MA) placed a header right where he wanted to, but Smith came up with a diving grab to keep the game scoreless.

The Eagles’ only corner kick of the game came three minutes later. James Crockford ’13 served the ball into the box and it bounced out to Chris DelGiudice ’14, whose shot from straight on went high.

Noon put Amherst on the board when he converted a penalty kick with 32:45 remaining in the half. Husson was whistled for a hand ball in the box, and the Jeffs’ leading scorer made a beautiful finish. The hosts continued to pressure and Smith kept up his strong play, but Amherst would strike again with 27:52 on the clock. James Mooney ’12 (Princeton, NJ) made a nice back-post run to finish off a flick-on from Rothkopf, with his shot hitting the side netting for a 2-0 lead.

Noon would make it a 3-0 game with 9:41 to play in the opening half when he capitalized on a great pass from Mooney on the right wing. Noon received the pass in the box with his back to the goalie and a defender on his heels, but he put the ball on his right foot and ripped a shot that grazed the bottom of the crossbar and beat Smith to close out the scoring in the half. Midfielder Thebe Tsatsimpe ’11 (Johannesburg, South Africa) helped control Amherst’s pace by playing exceptionally in the first 45 minutes.

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Casey McNamara '13 scored a pair of goals.

The Jeffs got their fourth tally 4:10 into the second half when T.J. Kelley ’12 (Walnut Creek, CA) and McNamara connected for an outstanding goal. A Lord Jeff free kick that was cleared by Husson made its way to Kelley on the left wing. With three Eagles around him, Kelley put the ball on his left foot and lofted a perfect ball to McNamara in the box. McNamara’s first touch freed him for a 1-on-1 with the goalie, and he was able to chip a shot over Smith to give Amherst a 4-0 lead.

Amherst’s fifth and sixth goals were separated by only 90 seconds. Mark Crane ’11 (Cambridge, MA) played a long ball from the back line and Alejandro Sucre ’13 (Caracas, Venezuela) flicked it on to McNamara, who calmly placed his shot inside the far post. Shortly after, Kelley recorded his first collegiate goal when he crushed a rising shot that Smith had no chance of saving, as the Jeffs held a 6-0 lead with 12:49 remaining in regulation.

The final goal would come with only 1:47 to play when Crane fed Andrew Bixler ’14 (Southington, CT) in the box, marking the senior tri-captain’s second assist of the night and the first-year’s second goal of the season.

Smith faced 33 Amherst shots and made 10 saves during a busy night for the Husson defense. Lennard Kovacs ’12 (Wolfersdorf, Germany) played the first 45 minutes in goal for the Jeffs and Brandon Saldana ’13 (Garden City, NY) worked the second half, as the two shared the shutout despite not having to make a save. Wednesday marked Amherst’s fifth clean slate of the season, as the Jeffs have allowed only three goals in eight games.

The Eagles came to Amherst as reigning champions of the North Atlantic Conference, but their struggles against the NESCAC continued. Husson is 0-5 in its past five games against NESCAC competition, having lost to Bowdoin and Colby earlier this season after falling to Williams in the opening round of last year’s NCAA Tournament.

The Lord Jeffs and Eagles will return to action Saturday, Oct. 9, with Amherst heading to Middlebury College for a pivotal 2:30 p.m. showdown with the 19th-ranked Panthers. Husson will also resume its conference schedule with a 1 p.m. game at Maine-Farmington.

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