Sucre's 110th-Minute Score Lifts Jeffs to 1-0 Win Over Colby

A. Sucre
Sophomore Alejandro Sucre scored the biggest
goal of his career, giving Amherst a win in the
110th minute against Colby today.

AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College men’s soccer team picked up a crucial three points in the NESCAC standings this afternoon on Alejandro Sucre’s (Caracas, Venezuela) 110th minute score, topping Colby 1-0 in double overtime. The Lord Jeffs improve to 7-1-3 (3-1-3 NESCAC) with the win, while Colby drops to 6-5-1 (3-4-0).

In the eighth minute of play, Amherst junior James Mooney (Princeton, NJ) intercepted pass between two Colby defenders, giving himself a break away from a tough angle on the right side. His shot was saved by Colby goalie Ben Joslin, leaving a rebound on the goal line. Mule defender Ben Desmond beat Amherst forward Spencer Noon (Farmington, CT) to the loose ball, clearing it away from danger to prevent a certain score.

Ten minutes later, Amherst junior Sam Kaplan (Brunswick, ME) played a great ball on a free kick from left side. Mooney redirected the ball on net, but Joslin made a good save on the high shot to keep the game scoreless.

Moments later, Mooney’s shot from left side of the box forced a diving save from Joslin. The ball caromed off the crossbar, and bounced just a yard out of the goal. Rookie Julien Aoyama (Narberth, PA) was there to put in rebound, but the goal was disallowed as the Jeff winger was ruled offside.

In the 73rd minute Noon, turned a defender at the top of the Colby goal box, and unloaded a hard shot.  Joslin was there to push the save off his crossbar once again, but once again Aoyama’s rebound attempt was denied as his shot went wide of the left post.

Amherst’s best chance of regulation came with just four minutes to play in the second half. On a penalty shot, Noon pushed his bid wide of the goal to deny Amherst the game-winner late in the second half. On the ensuing goal kick, Colby’s Nate Tolman was freed for a breakaway. His shot was high, sending the game into overtime scoreless.

Eight minutes into the first extra stanza, Andrew Meisel had Colby’s first shot on goal off a free kick. Nearly the entire second overtime was played in front of the Mules goal, but it looked as though Colby would force the draw.

In the final minute, Colby cleared the ball as far as midfield, with it settling to senior captain Mark Crane (Cambridge, MA). The Lord Jeff defender floated a ball all the way to the six-yard line, where Sucre beat a defender to the ball with Joslin remaining on his line. Sucre put home the sudden victory score with just 37 seconds showing on the clock.

Amherst held a 23-4 advantage in shots, and a 10-1 edge in shots on goal. Joslin made nine saves for the Mules in the loss, while Amherst goalie Lennard Kovacs (Wolfersdorf, Germany) was called on to make just one save for his third shutout win of the year.

The Lord Jeffs will return to action next Saturday at Wesleyan University with a chance to take at least a share of the 2010 Little Three crown.