Noon Scores Lone Goal in Win at Hamilton

Courtesy of Hamilton College

Spencer Noon '13 has scored a goal in three consecutive games.

CLINTON, N.Y. – Spencer Noon ’13 (Farmington, Conn.) scored the game’s lone goal and Lennard Kovacs ’12 (Wolfersdorf, Germany) stopped all five shots he faced to lead the fifth-ranked Amherst College men’s soccer team in a 1-0 win at Hamilton College Saturday afternoon at Love Field.

Today’s contest marked the first-ever meeting between the programs, as this is Hamilton’s first season as a part of the NESCAC in men’s soccer. The Lord Jeffs improved to 5-0-0 (3-0-0 NESCAC), while the Continentals dropped to 1-3-1 (0-3-1).

Noon put the visitors on the board in the 17th minute, marking the third consecutive game in which the Amherst junior has recorded a goal. After firing a shot that was saved by Hamilton goalie Eric Boole ’13, Noon slotted the rebound past the diving keeper for his 23rd career tally.

The Continentals had several opportunities to tie the game late in the second half. With just under six minutes remaining, Frank Campagnano ’12 received a centering pass and fired a left-footed shot just wide of the left post. Two minutes later, Buck Reynolds ’15 sent a strong header from the penalty spot into the arms of Kovacs.

Boole finished with nine saves for Hamilton, as Amherst enjoyed a 20-12 advantage in shots. Kovacs picked up his 42nd career victory and his 26th shutout, upping his season save percentage to .880 while lowering his goals-against average to 0.60.

Amherst is off to its best start since the 2007 squad won its first 11 games. The Lord Jeffs will return to action Wednesday, Sept. 28, when they travel to take on Gordon College at 7:30 p.m.