Rothkopf Scores Two for Jeffs in 2-1 Win at Framingham State

Ian Rothkopf '11 scored both Amherst goals
in the Jeffs' 2-1 win at Framingham State.

From a Framingham State release

FRAMINGHAM, MA - The Amherst College men's soccer team got a pair of goals from senior forward Ian Rothkopf (Harvard, MA) this afternoon in a 2-1 road win at Framingham State College. For the second time in as many days, the Lord Jeffs surrendered the game's opening score before rallying for a 2-1 win.

Rothkopf capped a solid weekend of play for Amherst, adding his fifth and sixth goals of the season today after dishing out his team-leading sixth assist of the year on yesterday's game-winning goal at Wesleyan.

Framingham State took a 1-0 lead in the 20th minute as Scotty Faria took a cross from sophomore Bryan Damas and placed a shot in the top right corner for his 10th goal of the season.  The Rams would maintain the 1-0 advantage into the halftime break, despite being outshot by the Lord Jeffs 5-3 in the frame.

Amherst’s offense took control of the game in the second half as they outshot the Rams 12-4.  The Jeffs had their first opportunity to tie the score just under a minute into the half as sophomore Casey McNamara (Montclair, NJ) fired a shot on net that deflected off of Rams goalkeeper Greg Halle (Beverly, Mass.) then hit the post and curved out of bounds.

In the 54th minute the Lord Jeffs were able to break into the scoring column as McNamara sent a cross to Rothkopf, who placed a shot in the bottom corner for the game tying goal.

Amherst had a chance to break the deadlock with 20 minutes remaining in the game, but Halle was able to make a diving save on McNamara’s offering from 10 yards out and the game remained tied until the closing minutes. 

With just over five minutes to play in the game, sophomore Chris Lerner (Canton, MA) sent a cross into the box that deflected off a Ram defender.  Rothkopf was able to control the loose ball and knock it home for his second of the game, and what proved to be the game-winner.

Junior goalie Lennard Kovacs (Wolfersdorf, Germany) picked up the win in net for the Lord Jeffs making one save, while Halle made ten saves and was tagged with the loss.

The win improves Amherst to 9-1-3 on the year heading into the final week of the regular season. Framingham falls to 10-7 on the year with the loss. The Lord Jeffs have already clinched a home quarterfinal game in the upcoming NESCAC Championship, but could rise from their current fourth place location in the standings with a win against Trinity College at home on Friday at 3 p.m.