AMHERST, Mass. – The Purple & White tallied two goals in the first half and added an insurance tally in the opening minutes of the second, as the second-ranked Amherst College men's soccer team shut out Daniel Webster College, 3-0 in Saturday afternoon's NCAA Second Round matchup at Hitchcock Field.
With the win, Amherst improves to 17-1-1 overall, while Daniel Webster concludes the 2016 season with an overall mark of 14-6-3. Advancing to the Third Round, Amherst is set to take on Brandeis University (12-5-3) on Saturday, Nov. 19.
First-year Dane Lind scored what proved to be the game-winner 7:19 seconds into the contest. Getting his foot on a loose ball in front of the goal, Bryce Ciambella '17 drove a shot on frame that forced Eagle netminder Cooper Hall to dive to his left to record the save.
Unable to control the rebound, the ball found landed at the foot of Christopher Martin '17 who crossed a pass to Lind. With the goalkeeper still on the grass, Lind deflected the pass off his chest and over the goal line.
Continuing his solid performance in goal, Hall made an clutch stop for Daniel Webster with 23:13 on the clock on an Amherst free kick. Tabbed to take the kick from 25 yards out, Ciambella rifled a low shot through traffic, but Hall got his eyes on the ball and was able to smother the attempt.
Under a minute later Jimmy Brophy logged a strong defensive effort as he fought to get back into the play and just got his foot on a crossing pass that nearly set Kieran Bellew '18 up for a point-blank shot on goal.
Sustaining offensive pressure in the final two minutes of the first half, Amherst doubled their lead with 1:36 remaining before intermission. Drawing an Eagle infraction inside the box, Amherst earned and converted on a penalty kick opportunity as Jackson Lehnhart '17 powered a shot into the nylon.
Daniel Webster nearly cut its deficit to one in the 50th minute as the Eagles sent a ball towards goal. Ricocheting off the crossbar and going straight down, the ball landed on top of the goal line, but the Amherst defense was able to clear the ball before it could be tapped into the net.
Trapping the Purple & White's clearing attempt 20 yards out, Eusebio Marote ripped a shot on target, but Lee Owen '18 proved up to the task.
Extending Amherst's lead to 3-0, Martin notched his team-leading eighth goal of the season 7:01 into the second half to give the Purple & White a final insurance tally.
- Owen (16-1-1) recorded four stops in 81:03 to secure the win, while Will Dunne '20 made two saves in relief. Hall (12-5-3) collected 10 saves for the Eagles in the losing effort.
- Amherst owned a dominant 23-9 edge in shot differential, including a 16-2 advantage in the first half, while Daniel Webster edged the Purple & White in corner kicks, 3-2.
- The Purple & White were whistled for 16 infractions, while the Eagles were called for 18 fouls.
- Martin led the game with six shots, including three shots on target, while Ciambella took four shots.
- Herrara led the Daniel Webster offense with three shot attempts, while Marote had two shots for the Eagles.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- With the victory, Amherst moves to 26-10-10 in national postseason play and enters Sweet Sixteen action as the lone Division III team making their seventh consecutive appearance in the NCAA Sectionals.
- No program has appeared in the Sweet Sixteen's more than Amherst in the last 10 years, with the Purple & White advancing to at least the Third Round in nine of the last 10 seasons.