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HARTFORD, Conn. - Head coach Justin Serpone notched his 100th career win Wednesday and Bubba Van Wie '15 recorded a hat-trick as the top-ranked Amherst men's soccer team cruised to a 4-0 win in its final regular season game against NESCAC rival Trinity.
Serpone has guided Amherst to a 100-14-16 record in his seven seasons as head coach en route to three NESCAC titles (2008, 2011, 2012) and six NCAA Championship appearances. His .831 winning percentage ranks second among active coaches, trailing only Paul McGinaly's .833 percentage at Trinity (TX). The Jeffs also earned the No.1 national ranking for the first time in program history on Tuesday, Oct. 29 and are riding a 34-game unbeaten streak dating back to the beginning of last season.
"The 100-win mark is great, but it wouldn't be possible without the talented coaching staff I have surrounding me and the exceptionally talented players I have had the opportunity to coach, as well as the support of family and alumni," said Serpone.
With the win Wednesday, the Jeffs improved to 12-0-2 overall and 8-0-2 in the NESCAC. The conference regular season winners will host No. 8 Hamilton in the NESCAC Quarterfinals on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 12:30 p.m. The loss drops the Bantams out of playoff contention as they finish the season 7-5-2 and 3-5-2 in league play.
After 22 scoreless minutes, Van Wie buried a shot in the bottom left corner of the net for the Jeffs first goal of the game as they entered the break, up 1-0.
Van Wie wasn't finished and at the 67th minute, the junior posted an insurance tally with his second unassisted score of the game. Exactly two minutes later, Van Wie recorded yet another unassisted goal to put the game out of reach as the Jeffs went ahead, 3-0. Following today's hat-trick, the junior is now tied for the team-lead with five goals and second on the squad with 13 points.
Following 10 minutes of scoreless action, Elliot Cassutt '17 recorded his third goal of the season off an assist from Mikey Hoeksema '15 as the Jeffs cruised to a 4-0 win.
Amherst held an 8-5 advantage in shots and 7-4 edge in corner kicks. Thomas Bull '16 recorded one save in net for the Jeffs as they posted their eighth shutout of the year and fourth consecutive.
The Jeffs return to the pitch Saturday to host No. 8 seed Hamilton at 12:30 p.m. in the NESCAC Quarterfinal matchup.
2013 NESCAC Men's Soccer Championship
Saturday, November 2
No. 8 Hamilton at No. 1 Amherst – 12:30 p.m.
No. 7 Connecticut College at No. 2 Wesleyan – 12:30 p.m.
No. 6 Middlebury at No. 3 Williams – 12:30 p.m.
No. 5 Bowdoin at No. 4 Tufts – 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 9
Semifinal Games - 11:00 am | 1:30 pm
Highest Remaining Seed vs. Lowest Remaining Seed
Remaining Quarterfinal Winners
Sunday, November 10
Semifinal Winners – 12:00 pm