(Photos by Mark Box of Clarus Studios)
AMHERST, Mass. – In a rematch of last year's NESCAC Championship, the 10th-ranked Amherst College men's soccer team prevailed over Bowdoin College with a late score, 1-0, in the Jeffs' 2015 home opener at Hitchcock Field.
Cameron Bean '17 scored the game-winner at the 80:54 mark for his first marker of the season as the Jeffs improved to 2-0-0 overall and 1-0-0 in league play. Bowdoin, following the loss, is now 1-1-0 on the year and 0-1-0 in the NESCAC.
Seeking revenge after falling to the Polar Bears in penalty kicks last season, ending Amherst's streak of three-straight league titles, the Jeffs looked stellar defensively as senior goalkeeper Thomas Bull recorded his second shutout in as many games.
Amherst's stingy defense held Bowdoin to two shots in the first half, as the Jeffs held a 6-2 advantage including a 3-1 edge in corner kicks.
The second half was a different story as both teams went back-and-forth often. However, with just over nine minutes remaining in regulation, Jackson Lehnhart '17 sent a corner kick to the middle of the penalty box where Bean rose above his defenders and headed in the game-winner into the top right corner.
The visitor's posed a serious threat in the closing minutes, including a free kick from Andrew Jones that went over the heads of the Amherst defenders towards the right post. However, Bull made an incredible diving save to protect the lead.
Amherst held on to defeat Bowdoin as it outshot the Polar Bears 13-9, and 4-1 in shots on goal, while claiming a 6-3 edge in corner kicks.
The Jeffs return to the field Wednesday, Sept. 16 and will head to Western New England for a 4:30 p.m. start.