Jeffs Shut Out Middlebury, 2-0

Courtesy of Middlebury Sports Information

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MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Jae Heo ’14 and James Mooney ’13E each netted a goal to propel the third-ranked Amherst men’s soccer team to a 2-0 shutout win over Middlebury College.

Notching their third-consecutive victory over the Panthers, the Jeffs improved to 5-0-0 (3-0-0 NESCAC), while Middlebury, dropping its second game in as many days, fell to 3-3 (1-3 NESCAC).

Wanting to set the tone early, Amherst generated a great scoring opportunity in the 10th minute when Max Fikke '14 broke in all alone after the Middlebury backline thought they had drawn him offside. Looking to goal, he hoped to give the Jeffs a quick score, but the ensuing shot veered wide to keep the visitors off the board.

Continuing to push forward in the latter stages of the first half, Julien Aoyama '14 played a cross from the ride side that found Heo, who headed in the game’s first tally at 38:24. The Jeffs’ leading scorer, Heo has found the back of the net in each of the team’s five games this season, capping off a stellar weekend in which he amassed seven points on two goals and three assists.

Coming out strong to start the second, Spencer Noon ’13 picked out Milton Rico ’15 with a cross in the 59th minute, but his shot on goal hit the crossbar, denying the Jeffs a chance at a second score.

Hoping to keep pace, Middlebury answered with a pair of corners in the 63rd and 68th minutes, but could not earn the equalizer.

Trying to put the game away, Amherst finally extended its lead at 81:56, as Noon hit Mooney with a nicely placed cross. Taking a quick touch, the senior forward ripped a shot that deflected in off a Middlebury defender past senior goalkeeper Zach Abdu-Glass.

Finishing with a 9-2 advantage in shots, the Jeffs once again played well in front of first-year netminder Thomas Bull, who did not have to record a save en route to his third shutout and fifth win of the season.

Amherst returns to action on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at Curry.

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