Courtesy of Amherst Athletics
AMHERST, Mass. – Amherst will host the remaining rounds of the NESCAC Men's Soccer Championship after posting a 2-0 shutout victory over No. 8 Wesleyan at Hitchcock Field. The top-seeded Mammoths advance to the NESCAC Championship Semifinals for the third time in four years.
With the victory, Amherst improves to 14-0-2 on the season, while Wesleyan closes out the 2019 season with a 6-7-3 overall mark. Amherst will host No. 6 Middlebury in a NESCAC Semifinals match on Saturday, November 9. Kickoff is slated for 11 a.m. No. 2 Tufts and No. 4 Williams will square off in the other semifinal contest at Hitchcock Field at 1:30 PM.
Looking to get on the board in the 28th minute, senior Dane Lind sent a rocket from 25-yards out on target, however, a diving, full-extension stop by Liam Devanny kept the sides deadlocked early.
Opening scoring with 14:20 remaining in the first half, Lind potted what stood as his third career game-winner on an unassisted strike. A long throw-in into the box by Bryce Johnson set up the scoring play, with a clearing attempt by the Cardinals landing at the foot of Lind at the top of the box who volleyed a shot off a defender and under the bar.
Two of Wesleyan's three shots on frame in the first half came in the final five minutes before the break, but sophomore Bernie White was solid in net for the home team, coming away with a pair of saves on shots from Mason Davisson and Sam Keenan.
The Cardinals' best chance to avoid the shut out came at the 51:35 mark when a set play off a free kick gave Jack Wolf a chance on the right side, but his waist-high volley was turned away.
Clinching his first multi-goal game in the postseason, Lind added an Amherst insurance tally in the 53rd minute with an assist from German Giammattei to move into second on the NESCAC points leader board (24). One-timing a perfect pass from Giammattei as he cut across the box with a defender on his back, Lind snuck a shot inside the near right post to improve the Mammoths all-time record in the NESCAC Quarterfinals to 12-6-0.
Amherst owned the edge in shots (21-15) while the Cardinals held the advantage in corner kicks (5-2).
Registering five saves, White (12-0-2) earned the win for Amherst between the pipes, while Devanny (5-7-3) made 10 stops for Wesleyan in the loss.