Men's Soccer Edges Out Bridgewater State

Alejandro Sucre '13 netted his first goal of the season in the 49th minute to give Amherst a 1-0 lead.

Contact: Ben Badua

BRIDGEWATER, Mass. – Amherst College sophomore Ben Norton (Denver, Colo.) netted the game winner in the 108th minute, as the 19th-ranked men's soccer team secured a hard-fought 2-1 double overtime victory over Bridgewater State University. With the win, Amherst improved to 2-0-0 on the year, while the Bears fell to 2-2-0.

Hoping to get the host Bears off to a fast start, first-year forward Ramon Ambrosio notched the game’s first shot in the fourth minute, prompting a Lennard Kovacs ’12 (Wolfersdorf, Germany) save. Settling into a rhythm, Amherst registered 13 shots over the remainder of the half, but Bridgewater sophomore netminder Joe Parsons proved up to the challenge, recording eight saves during that span to keep things scoreless heading into the intermission.

Looking for the go-ahead goal, Amherst wasted no time getting on the board in the second half, finally breaking through just 3:05 into the stanza when senior captain Thebe Tsatsimpe (Johannesburg, South Africa) sent a cross from the left side that found a diving Alejandro Sucre ’ 13 (Caracas, Venezuela), who headed his first marker of the season over Parsons.

Taking advantage of an Amherst foul just shy of the 60th minute, sophomore Craig Shadduck took a Donald Flores pass off a free kick before firing the equalizer into the Lord Jeff net at 60:21. Hoping to regain control, Amherst put three shots on goal over the next 10 minutes of action, but Parsons stopped all three tries to keep the Bears even.

Still deadlocked in the 76th minute, Sucre got a head on a Sam Kaplan ’12 (Brunswick, Maine) corner, pushing it toward the Bridgewater net, but Parsons was again there to deny the Amherst junior a chance at the game winner. A persistent Sucre headed another ball in the waning moments of regulation, but sent the shot over the bar as the game moved into overtime.

An aggressive Bears attack registered three shots in the first extra session, but Kovacs turned away all three tries to keep it 1-1. Pushing forward, Amherst’s Max Fikke (New York, N.Y.) recorded the second overtime’s first shot, prompting Parsons' 12th save, before Norton tested the Bridgewater goalkeeper with a header off a corner in the 103rd minute.

Drawing a foul with time winding down in the second overtime session, Kaplan sent the ensuing free kick into the box, finding Sucre. The Venezuela native would get a head on Kaplan’s cross before the ball found its way to Norton, who tucked the game winner inside the back post with just 2:48 left on the clock.

Amherst, which held a 16-5 advantage in corners, outshot Bridgewater 26-11, with the Bears’ Parsons recording 13 saves. Kovacs made six stops en route to his second win of the season.

The Lord Jeffs return to action on Saturday, Sept. 17 when they play host to Bates College in a NESCAC showdown on Hitchcock Field.