No. 2 Men’s Soccer Edges Wesleyan, 1-0
Contact: Mike O'Brien
AMHEST, Mass. – The second-ranked Amherst men’s soccer team extended its unbeaten streak to 32 games Saturday, defeating Wesleyan 1-0 on Senior Day at Hitchcock Field.
The Jeffs held off the Cardinals to improve to 10-0-2 overall and 6-0-2 in the NESCAC. With the loss, Wesleyan is now 5-5-1 overall and 4-3 in league play.
Amherst posed the first strong scoring opportunity in just over two minutes of play as Christopher Martin ’17 had a great look from the right side of the box, but his shot missed wide left.
It didn’t take long after for the Jeffs to strike again. At the 12:50 mark, the ball bounced around the middle of the box as several Amherst players touched it but were unable to gain control. Andrew Orozco ’17 settled on a shot but was blocked as the Cardinals eventually cleared it.
However, just seconds later, a similar play occurred as a series of blocked Jeff shots made its way to Greg Singer ’16 at the left side of the box as he blanked one past Wesleyan goalkeeper Emmett McConnell ’15 to the far right corner for the game winning score.
After being outshot 9-2 in the first half, the Cardinals retaliated in the second and played much stronger offensively as they tallied four more shots than their NESCAC foe but came away scoreless. Trailing by one with under a minute to get, Wesleyan kept the ball on the Amherst side of the field but was unable to attempt any serious scoring threat.
Amherst held the advantage in shots with 13 to the Cardinal’s 10 as both teams posted two corner kicks each.
Thomas Bull ’16 recorded his sixth shutout of the season for the Jeffs with two stops between the posts. McConnell made two saves in net for Wesleyan as well.
Amherst has a week off before returning to action Saturday, Oct. 26 for a road contest at Western New England at 1 p.m.