Jeffs Clip Williams in Double OT, 1-0
Contact: Mike O'Brien
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – Max Fikke ’14 netted the game winner with just 4:31 remaining in the second overtime to lift the third-ranked Amherst men’s soccer team to a 1-0 win over No. 17 Williams.
Extending their unbeaten streak to 26 games dating back to last season, the Jeffs improved to 5-0-1 (2-0-1 NESCAC) in 2013, while the Ephs dropped to 3-2-0 (1-2-0).
The game started off at a fast pace and at the 16th minute, Christopher Martin ’17 posted the first strong attempt of the game. Fikke lofted a long throw-in into the Williams box that rolled untouched across the face of the goal and was just barely cleared by Dan Lima ’14 as Martin missed out on an early scoring opportunity.
Thirty minutes later, the Jeffs put together a series of strong scoring threats. In the 43rd minute, Fikke launched a ball out of the midfield to Bubba Van Wie ’15 who sent one straight to the net but was saved by Ephs’ goalie Peter Morrell ’14.
Williams picked up their offensive play in the second half and put together a strong scoring opportunity in the 58th minute but was broken up by the Jeffs’ defense. Ten minutes later, the Ephs had another great chance created by a long throw-in by Malcolm Mouteno ’17 that fell at junior Nathan Miller’s feet. His shot bounced off a Jeff defender and rebounded to Chris Seitz ’15 who just missed wide left. Both team’s played stellar defense the remaining minutes of regulation to force a first overtime.
In that first overtime period, Williams put a shot on goal at the 93rd minute but Amherst retaliated two minutes later as Nico Pascual-Leone’s ’16 attempt on net was saved. In the last minute of play, the Jeffs had their best scoring opportunity of the game when Martin showcased some great footwork and dribbling skills to sail a cross onto the goal post where Pascual-Leone stood. The rebound went to the sophomore who connected on a header but was stopped on a great play from Morrell.
Fikke’s goal finally came at the 106th minute in double overtime, slotting the ball under the arms of the Ephs goalkeeper. Amherst outshot Williams 21 to 15 with 11 of those shots on goal to Williams' three. Amherst also had six corners to Williams' four.
Amherst returns to the field Saturday, September 28 for a 2 p.m. contest versus Tufts.