Noon Propels Amherst Past Trinity
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Chris Lerner '13 and the Amherst defense allowed just one shot-on-goal en route to its fifth shutout.
HARTFORD, Conn. – Spencer Noon ’13 (Farmington, Conn.) netted his seventh goal of the season to help the 4th-ranked Amherst men's soccer team remain unbeaten with a 1-0 win at NESCAC rival Trinity.
With the victory, the Lord Jeffs extended their win streak over the Bantams to 13, with Trinity’s last win coming during the 1999 season. Now 9-0-1 overall, Amherst is off to its best start since the 2007 squad posted an 11-0 mark to begin the season.
Hoping to take control and break the scoreless deadlock, Amherst moved into the attacking third in the 27th minute. Looking toward goal, Thebe Tsatsimpe ’12 (Johannesburg, S. Africa) played a cross from the far side into the box. Making a run toward the back post, a diving Noon got a head on the pass, redirecting the ball into net to stake the Jeffs to a 1-0 lead at the half.
Trying to set the tone coming out of the break, Trinity quickly pushed forward, lofting a dangerous cross into the box within the first five minutes of action, but Amherst sophomore Brendan Caslin (Lincoln, Mass.) headed the ball out of bounds before it could threaten the Lord Jeff goal. The Bantams looked to capitalize on the set piece on the ensuing corner, but the Amherst defense again cleared the ball without allowing a shot on net.
Still searching for the equalizer later in the second, Trinity won a promising free-kick on the right side, but Anthony El-Hachem ’13 sent the cross just over senior teammate Christopher Binnie’s head as the ball sailed out of harm’s way.
Hoping to put the game out of reach, Amherst broke out of the defensive zone with just under 17 to go, earning a throw-in on Trinity’s half of the pitch. Sophomore Max Fikke (New York, N.Y.) played a long ball toward the back post to Casey McNamara ’13 (Montclair, N.J.), but Bantam senior goalkeeper Grant Schonberg (Mendham, N.J.) came off his line, smothering McNamara’s attempt to foot it toward goal.
Less than three minutes later, Schonberg again came up big, making a big save on junior Alejandro Sucre’s (Caracas, Venezuela) header off of a Jeff corner to keep Trinity within a score.
Hoping to turn in its fifth shutout of the season, the Amherst backline surrendered just one shot down the stretch on senior Wesley Updike’s try that veered wide left in the 88th minute.
The Lord Jeffs finished with a 7-4 shot advantage, with both teams winning a pair of corners. Senior goalkeeper Lennard Kovacs (Wolfersdorf, Germany) made one save en route to his eighth win and 28th career clean sheet, while Schonberg made four stops in the loss.
Amherst returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 15 at Colby.