Men's Soccer Shuts Out Colby, 3-0
Contact: Ben Badua
Spencer Noon '13 had a hand in all three Amherst goals, assisting on one, while scoring two others in the Jeffs' 3-0 win over Colby.
WATERVILLE, Maine - On the strength of three second-half scores, the fourth-ranked Amherst men’s soccer team remained unbeaten, shutting out Colby 3-0 to improve to 10-0-1 on the year and 6-0-1 in NESCAC play.
With the victory, the Jeffs extended their win streak over the Mules to 15, having last lost to Colby during the 1997 season.
Scoreless through the first 30 minutes, sophomore Jae Heo (Changwon, S. Korea) nearly put Amherst on the board, evading a Colby defender before firing a shot off the crossbar late in the first half. Despite outshooting Colby by a 7-6 margin, while holding a 3-1 edge in corners, the Jeffs closed out the frame in a scoreless deadlock.
Hoping to help Amherst break through, junior forward Spencer Noon (Farmington, Conn.) made a run down the left side, looking to generate another scoring opportunity. Looking to goal, Noon played a wide shot into the box, which found its way to Max Fikke ’14 (New York, N.Y.), who calmly tapped it home to put the Jeffs on the board at 50:53.
Continuing to push forward in the 68th minute, left back Chris Lerner ’13 (Canton, Mass.) quickly helped Amherst transition from defense to offense, finding Federico Sucre ’13 (Caracas, Venezuela) in the middle of the field, who played the ball into the box, looking to link up with an on-coming Noon. Catching up to the lead pass, Noon beat a Colby defender before slotting the Jeffs’ second goal into the right side of the net, staking Amherst to a 2-0 cushion.
Less than 10 minutes later, the Lord Jeffs struck again, notching their third marker of the contest at 75:20. Senior T.J. Kelley (Walnut Creek, Calif.) got the play started by sending a ball from the right side into Sucre. Serving it toward the back post, the Caracas native again found a waiting Noon, who footed the ball into the Colby goal for his team-high eighth goal of the season.
Amherst finished with an 18-12 shot advantage and a 7-2 edge in corners. Senior goalkeeper Lennard Kovacs (Wolfersdorf, Germany) made three saves en route to his ninth victory, while Mule counterpart Ben Joslin ’12 made four stops in the loss.
The Lord Jeffs return to action on Sunday, October 12 against Bowdoin. With a win against the Polar Bears tomorrow, Amherst would clinch a home quarterfinal game in the upcoming NESCAC Championship. The Jeffs last squared off with Bowdoin in the third round of last season’s NCAA Tournament, with both teams battling to a 1-1 tie before the Polar Bears advanced on penalty kicks.