AMHERST, Mass. – Christopher Martin '17 scored a pair of goals, and senior goalkeeper Thomas Bull collected his 13th clean sheet of the season, and the 47th of his career to tie the NCAA Division III men's soccer career shutout record in Sunday afternoon's 2-0 NCAA Second Round win over Morrisville State College at Hitchcock Field.
Morrisville State (14-5-2)
- Amherst controlled the pace of play throughout the first half and hit its stride in the 21st minute when Jackson Lehnhart '17 sent a free kick to Andrew Orozco '17 who broke free down the left flank and curled a beautiful cross into Martin who headed the ball into the back of the net for the game's first goal.
- The Purple & White continued to pressure the Morrisville State goal, as Martin fired two more shots on frame, while Greg Singer '16 and Kieran Bellew '18 each notched shots on goal in the first half. Rob Larkin was able to turn away each attempt to keep the Mustangs' deficit at 1-0.
- Amherst outshot the visitors, 12-5 in the first 45 minutes. Larkin made five stops, while Bull needed to make just two in the period.
- In the 58th minute, Nico Pascual-Leone '16 fired a shot that sailed just high, and then placed another just wide of the net three minutes later.
- At the 65:39 mark, Pascual-Leone lined up a free kick just outside the Morrisville State 18-yard box and delivered a beautiful service just outside the six-yard box. Cameron Bean '17 headed the ball back across the goal and Martin slotted it in for his second goal of the contest, and 10th of the season to give Amherst a 2-0 advantage.
- The Purple & White held the balance of play in the second half, edging the Mustangs in shotS, 5-2, and 17-7 for the game.
- Martin led Amherst with seven shots, five on target, while Pascual-Leone had four shots in the winning effort.
- Danny Peckham provided two shots – both on goal – to lead Morrisville State in the loss, while Alan Peckham added two attempts.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- Amherst is making its sixth consecutive appearance in the Sweet 16, and its eighth in the last nine years under the direction of head coach Justin Serpone.
- The Purple & White now have an overall record of 22-10-9 in NCAA postseason action.
- Bull has tied Mac Church of Ohio Northern for the most NCAA Division III men's soccer career shutouts previously set between 2009 and 2012. The Montgomery, N.J. native has posted 47 clean sheets in his four-year career, and now has a combined record of 64-3-12.
QUOTES FROM AMHERST HEAD COACH JUSTIN SERPONE
- "We didn't have our best game today but a lot of that is due to a good team in Morrisville State. They had a great year and represented very well in the NCAA tournament. We'll have to be much better next Saturday if we hope to have a chance against Lycoming."
- "We're very proud of Thomas for having tied the NCAA record for shutouts. He's as good a goalkeeper that I've ever been around and the statistics back that up. There are countless people who played a role in having amassed so many shutouts, and they are all part of that record. "
- Amherst will meet Lycoming (18-1-2) in the sectional semifinals Saturday, Nov. 21.
- The Warriors advanced to the Sweet 16 following a 2-1 victory over Dickinson College Sunday afternoon in second round action.
- Morrisville State concludes its campaign, 14-5-2 overall.