Men's Soccer Wins 3-0 Against Bowdoin
Contact: Mike O'Brien
AMHERST, Mass. – The ninth-ranked Amherst men’s soccer team claimed its fourth straight win Saturday afternoon with a 3-0 victory against NESCAC foe Bowdoin. The win extended the Jeffs' unbeaten streak to 24 games dating back to last season.
With the win, the Jeffs improved to 4-0 on the season and 2-0 in the NESCAC. The Polar Bears dropped to 1-2 overall and 0-2 in the conference.
Amherst came out strong to start the game and rallied off six straight shots before Ben Norton ’14 found the back of the net off an assist from Nico Pascual-Leone ’16. It didn’t take long for the Jeffs to add another goal to the scoreboard. Just under seven minutes later, Greg Singer ’16 put another one past the Bowdoin goalkeeper seconds after a blocked shot attempt from Mikey Hoeksema ’15.
Amherst missed on two opportunities later in the half that would have increased their lead to four. A corner kick from Nico Pascual-Leone ’16 went straight to Gabriel Wirz ’15 who headed the shot wide left. In roughly two and a half minutes later, Elliot Cassutt ’17 was in the circle for a great opportunity on net but missed high as the Jeffs held a 2-0 advantage at the break.
The Polar Bears had a chance to cut the deficit to one early in the second half after an accurate cross field pass to Cedric Charlier ’17 inside the circle but Thomas Bull ’16 made a diving save to protect the 2-0 lead. The shot bounced off Bull’s hand right to a Bowdoin player but fortunately for the Jeffs, Matt Dias Costa’s ’17 shot went right and missed an open net.
Later in the half, Bubba Van Wie ’15 made a great steal and even better shot from the left side of the field over the goalies head, hitting the top right of the net to put Amherst ahead 3-0 with 19 minutes to play. The deficit was too much for Bowdoin to overcome as the Jeffs earned their fourth win of the season.
Amherst held a 15 to two advantage in shots and finished the game with a total of 24 while Bowdoin tallied six and just one on goal. The Jeffs also lead in corner kicks with six to the Polar Bear’s three.
Amherst is back in action on Wednesday, Sept. 18 for another home contest against Conn. College at 4 p.m.