Jeffs Top Conn. College, 3-0
Courtesy of Conn. College Sports Information
NEW LONDON, Conn. - The second-ranked Amherst College men’s soccer team scored twice in the opening 23:16, closing out its regular season with a 3-0 shutout win over Connecticut College.
Improving to 12-0-2 (8-0-2 NESCAC) on the year, the Jeffs locked up the No. 2 seed in the upcoming NESCAC Championship, while avenging last season’s 3-2 loss to Conn. College on Hitchcock Field.
Williams and Amherst both finished with the same number of points. The teams tied during the regular season, had the same conference win percentage and number of conference wins.
In results against the top four teams (Williams, Amherst, Wesleyan and Tufts), both squads went 1-0-2. In results against the top eight teams (Williams, Amherst, Wesleyan, Tufts, Bowdoin, Trinity, Middlebury and Connecticut College), both teams finished 5-0-2.
In comparison of results against all teams in rank order, both teams had identical results. Williams earned the No. 1 seed by virtue of a coin flip and will host No. 8 Conn. College (5-3-6, 1-3-6 NESCAC) on Saturday, Oct. 27. Amherst opens quarterfinal action at home against No. 7 Middlebury.
Six Jeffs factored into the scoring with Spencer Noon ’13, Ben Norton ’14 and James Mooney ’13E accounting for the three Amherst goals. Milton Rico ’15, Jae Heo ’14 and Gabriel Wirz ’15 added an assist apiece.
Jumping out to an early lead just 9:45 in, Noon beat his defender on the right side of the box before chipping in his conference-leading eighth goal of the year from eight yards out. Adding to the tally in the 24th minute, Norton buried a header on off a Heo cross. Mooney closed out the scoring at 54:27 with his fourth goal of 2012.
Amherst held an 11-3 advantage in shots with a 6-4 edge in corners. Not allowing a shot on goal through 90 minutes, the Jeff backline recorded its 12th shutout of the season.
Junior goalkeeper Casey Marini stopped one shot for the Camels before being relieved by Max Nichols ’14 who logged the final 20:42 of regulation.
2012 NESCAC Men's Soccer Championships
Saturday, Oct. 27
No. 8 Conn. College at No. 1 Williams - 12 p.m.
No. 7 Middlebury at No. 2 Amherst - 12 p.m.
No. 6 Trinity at No. 3 Wesleyan - 12 p.m.
No. 5 Bowdoin at No. 4 Tufts - 12 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 3 (at Highest Remaining Seed)
Semifinal Games - 11 a.m. | 1:30 p.m.
Highest Remaining Seed vs. Lowest Remaining Seed
Remaining Quarterfinal Winners
Sunday, Nov. 4
Semifinal Winners - 12 p.m.