Morgan, Aoyama Lead Jeffs Past Colby
Contact: Ben Badua
AMHERST, Mass. - Brian Morgan ’13 and Julien Aoyama ’14 each netted a goal as the second-ranked Amherst men’s soccer team kicked off its Senior Weekend with a 2-0 victory over Colby on Hitchcock Field.
Now 10-0-1 (6-0-1 NESCAC) on the season, the Jeffs picked up their 16th-straight win over the Mules, who drop to 3-6-2 overall (0-5-2 NESCAC).
Three minutes after the opening whistle, Amherst generated its first scoring opportunity when Spencer Noon ’13 played a ball to Morgan on the right side. Serving a cross into the box, Morgan found the head of Federico Sucre ’13, who sent the try over the crossbar.
Just over minute later, Noon eluded a defender on the left side before again sending it into Morgan, who headed the game’s first goal over the outstretched left hand of sophomore goalkeeper Cody Funkhouser.
Struggling to gain traction against a stingy Amherst backline led by co-captain Chris Lerner ’13, Colby recorded its first shot of the afternoon in the 26th minute when Nick Nowak ’13 headed an Andrew Meisel ’13 cross wide of the left post.
Hoping to get something going at the start of the second half, the Mules earned a pair of early corners, but the Jeff backline cleared both set pieces without allowing a shot.
Catching Colby on a counter in the 61st minute, Max Fikke ’14 created space in a one-on-one situation, but set a shot over the bar. Just over 10 minutes later, Lerner played a free-kick into the box toward Noon, but the forward headed an attempt high, narrowly missing another chance to extend the Jeff lead.
Staying aggressive in the 88th minute, Noon made something out of nothing, maneuvering around a pair of Colby defenders before drawing a foul inside the 18-yard box. Hoping to notch an insurance tally, Aoyama calmly slotted the ensuing penalty kick past Funkhouser to seal the Jeff win.
Amherst finished with a decisive 22-3 shot advantage, while Colby finished with a 4-3 edge in corners. Once again putting together a solid effort in front of first-year keeper Thomas Bull, the Jeff backline did not allow a shot on goal in 90 minutes en route to its 10th shutout of the season. Allowing just one goal in its 11 games, Amherst has surrendered just 19 shots on net in 2012.
The Lord Jeffs return to action on Sunday, Oct. 14 against Bowdoin.