Mooney's Hat Trick Sends Men's Soccer to NCAA Round of 16
James Mooney scored three second half goals
to lift Amherst to the win at St. Lawremce.
From a Saint Lawrence release
CANTON, NY - Amherst College junior James Mooney (Princeton, NJ) scored his third goal of the game with 7:48 play in regulation time, lifting the men’s soccer team to a 3-2 victory over St. Lawrence University in the Second Round of the 2010 NCAA Division III Tournament .
Amherst, 13-2-3, will move on in the tournament to play Bowdoin in the Round of 16, while St. Lawrence finishes its season with a 17-3-2 record.
The Saints led 1-0 at the half after senior captain James Stewart scored his second goal of the tournament off a restart. Sophomore midfielder Sam DeMello hit a perfect ball into the 18 yard box and Stewart put it away for his third goal of the year 13:02 into the game.
The Lord Jeffs were outshot 8-6 in the first half, but head coach Justin Serpone made a tactical change at the break to move Mooney forward as a striker. Despite the Saints holding a 13-3 edge in shots in the second half, the switch paid dividends for Amherst as Mooney put home a trio of goals.
Mooney brought Amherst even at the 61:02 mark, as he gathered in a long through pass from Spencer Noon (Farmington, CT) and broke in alone on Saint goalie Nate Goss-Woliner, putting the ball in off the post. That goal started a wild stretch in which the two teams scored three goals in a span of 2:06.
Mooney scored his second of the game, and seventh of the season, when he redirected a cross by Julien Ayoama (Narberth, PA) past Goss-Woliner at 62:30, but the Saints came right back to tie it at 2-2 when Emmanuel Mbong took DeMello’s pass across the box and one-timed his third goal of the season into the corner of the net at 63:08.
Mooney then scored his third of the day for the eventual game winner as he volleyed the ball out of the air following a corner kick which was headed away by a Saint defender. The attempted clearance went right to Mooney in the middle of the box for the goal at 82:12.
Both goaltenders made some big saves in the game as Lennard Kovacs (Wolfersdorf, Germany) finished with seven saves for the Lord Jeffs and Goss-Woliner had three for the Saints.
Next weekend’s Round of 16 and 8 will be played on the Bowdoin campus, with the Jeffs facing the Polar Bears in one game, and Middlebury taking on Babson College in the other. The two advancing teams will play on Sunday, with a spot in the 2010 Final Four on the line.