AMHERST, Mass. – Five different Purple & White players tallied a goal as the second-ranked Amherst men's soccer team shut out Little Three rival Wesleyan University, 5-0 Saturday afternoon on Hitchcock Field.
Amherst (14-0-0, 9-0-0 NESCAC)
Wesleyan (7-6-1, 3-5-1 NESCAC)
- Coming out strong, Andrew Orozco scored the game's only first half goal just 3:48 into play. After Amherst strung together three consecutive passes to get into the Cardinal territory, Greg Singer '16 found the foot of Orozco who volleyed the ball past the outstretched netminder.
- Scoring four goals in the second half, the final 45 minutes of action represent the Purple & White's best offensive half of the 2015 season.
- Nico Pascual-Leone '16 notched his team leading 11th goal of the season after drawing a foul in the box in the 58th minute of action and subsequently converting on the kick.
- Christopher Martin '17 made it a 3-0 contest five minutes later, collecting the pass from Forest Sisk '17 at the top of the box and rifling a shot into the top left corner of the net.
- Amherst once again earned a penalty kick with 14:53 left on the clock. Using his body to outmaneuver a Wesleyan defender and gain inside position on a free kick, Cameron Bean '17 drew a foul inside the box. Tabbed to take the shot, senior Tommy Haskel took advantage of the opportunity and buried the shot.
- Aziz Khan '18 scored the game's final goal in the 77th minute, one-touching the pass from Fisk into the top corner of the goal from just outside the goalie box.
- The Purple & White held a 15-8 edge in shots in the outing, while Wesleyan tallied 5 corner kicks to Amherst's one.
- Thomas Bull '16 registered six saves in win en route to recording his 12th clean sheet of the season. Pascual-Leone posted a perfect shots-on-goal percentage in the matchup, putting a game-leading three shots on frame.
- Cardinal goalkeeper Brian Harnett made six saves in the loss, while Eric Jasinski recorded one save in 6:20 of action in a relief effort. Brandon Sousa took a team-high three shots for Wesleyan.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- With the win today, Amherst claimed the Little Three title.
- The Purple & White's five goals were the most against the Cardinals since 1958, and the five-score differential was the biggest margin of victory since the rivalry began in 1924.
- Amherst travels to Hartford, Conn. on Wednesday, Oct. 28 to take on NESCAC opponent Trinity College in its regular season finale. The game is slated to begin at 3:00 p.m.
- Wesleyan returns to action on Oct. 27 when they play Connecticut College in a NESCAC conference matchup beginning at 3:00 p.m.