Ninth-Ranked Amherst Trips Men's Soccer in First Road Game

Austin Downing (photo courtesy of Tom Van Zant)
Austin Downing (photo courtesy of Tom Van Zant)

AMHERST, Mass. – The ninth-ranked Amherst men's soccer team claimed its fourth straight win Saturday afternoon with a 3-0 victory against Bowdoin.

The win marked the team's 24th consecutive dating back to last season for the Jeffs, who 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 found the back of the net off an assist from Nico Pascual-Leone. Just under seven minutes later, Greg Singer put another one past the Bowdoin goalkeeper seconds after a blocked shot attempt from Mikey Hoeksema.

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 inside the circle but Thomas Bull 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 shot went right and missed an open net.

Later in the half, Bubba Van Wie made a steal and took a 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.

In his first collegiate shot, Noah Safian was credited with two saves.

The Polar Bears will return to action next Saturday at home against Middlebury College.