Men's Soccer Ends Season with Round of 16 Loss to Bowdoin on PKs

The 2010 Amherst College Lord Jeffs ended their season 13-2-4.

From a Bowdoin College release

BRUNSWICK, ME -  The Amherst College men's soccer team had a pair of penalty kick attempts stopped by Bowdoin College goalie Dan Hicks this afternoon, while the Polar Bears scored on three of four bids in a shootout in the NCAA Tournament's Round of 16. Bowdoin and Amherst played to a 1-1 deadlock through two overtimes before the Polar Bears advanced with a 3-1 decision in kicks.

Amherst finishes their season with a record of 13-2-4. Bowdoin, who had twice lost in penalty kicks in NCAA play in 2009 and 2005, stands at 14-1-4 and will play Middlebury for the third time this season on Sunday for a trip to the Division III "Final Four". Kick-off is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. at Pickard Field.

After both teams connected in the first round of the best-of-five shootout, Hicks blocked consecutive chances by Amherst's T.J. Kelly (Walnut Creek, CA) and Ben Norton (Denver, CO). In the bottom of the third round, Michael Gale slipped a shot past Amherst's Lennard Kovacs (Wolfersdorf, Germany) to give the Polar Bears a 2-1 edge.

Ian Rothkopf (Harvard, MA) booted his kick high of the crossbar and Evan Gershkovich, who did not see action during the 110 minutes of play, calmly netted a chance inside the left post to win the shootout.

Bowdoin appeared to be in good shape in regulation, as they took a 1-0 lead in the 16th minute when Tim Prior headed home a bouncing ball in front to give the hosts a 1-0 lead. The Polar Bears made a bid to extend the lead to two goals in the 60th minute after an Amherst handball in the box. But Kovacs, who stopped six shots in the second half alone, smothered the chance to keep the deficit at a single goal.

Amherst responded with a flurry of pressure and capitalized on their momentum with the game-tying score in the 73rd minute as Thebe Tsatsimpe (Johannesburg, S. Africa) centered a cross to Noon, who banged home the feed to even the score.

Both teams had great chances to seal the victory in the closing moments.With five minutes left in regulation, James Mooney (Princeton, NJ) came loose behind the Polar Bear defense and toed a shot that skipped wide of the post. In overtime, Bowdoin's Alex Marecki had a chance to clinch the win, but his shot was blocked in front. Kovacs finished the match with eight saves while Hicks ended with seven.

Today's result marks the final game in the careers of seniors Mark Crane (Cambridge, MA), Chris Skayne (Boxborough, MA), Chris Linsmayer (Denver, CO), Rothkopf and Tsatsimpe. The Amherst Class of 2011 helped the Jeffs post a 55-12-9 record during their four seasons in the purple and white.