Jeffs Cruise Past Curry, 5-0
Contact: Ben Badua
MILTON, Mass. - Seven different Jeffs factored into the scoring as the second-ranked Amherst men’s soccer team earned a decisive 5-0 non-conference win over Curry College.
Recording its fifth shutout this season, Amherst improved to 6-0-0 (3-0-0 NESCAC), having now outscored its opponents 22-1 during that span. Seeing its three-game win streak come to an end, Curry fell to 7-3-0 (1-1-0 CCC) on the year with the loss.
Mike Hoeksema ’15 led the way with a goal and two assists, while Spencer Noon ’13, James Mooney ’13E, Bubba Van Wie ’15 and Greg Singer ’16 also got on the board.
Looking to set the tone early, Federico Sucre ’13 narrowly missed an opportunity to put the Jeffs ahead, rattling a shot off the post just 1:10 after the opening whistle. Just 8:28 later, Noon also found the woodwork as an aggressive Amherst side peppered the Colonel backline with eight shots over the game’s first 10 minutes.
Scoreless at the half despite holding a 25-6 shot advantage, the Jeffs continued to push forward, earning a set piece just over five minutes into the second period. Playing the ball into the box from 45-yards out, Brendan Caslin '14 picked out Alejandro Sucre ’13, who headed the ball across the face of the goal. Making a run to the back-post, Noon finally broke the deadlock at 50:56, heading in the volley to notch his fifth of the season.
Earning another free kick from the left flank in the 64th minute, Caslin served another ball into the box that eventually found the foot of Mooney after a scramble in front, giving the visitors a 2-0 cushion.
Continuing to stay aggressive with less than 20 minutes to play, Milton Rico ’15 drew a foul inside the 18, setting up a Hoeksema penalty that extended the Jeff lead to three. Just 5:38 later, Hoeksema lobbed a well-placed ball into Brian Morgan ’13, who flicked it into the path of Van Wie for the visitors’ fourth score.
Taking advantage of another set piece in the game’s waning moments, Hoeksema found Singer, who finished off the half volley inside the six-yard box at 83:15 to record his first collegiate marker.
Amherst finished with a 52-11 shot advantage and a 12-5 edge in corners. First-year netminder Thomas Bull made four saves en route to his sixth victory, while senior counterpart Nick Barber put together a solid showing, making 21 stops.
The Lord Jeffs return to action on Saturday, Sept. 29 at Tufts.