AMHERST, Mass. – Panther Jed Sass broke the scoreless tie in the 50th minute as Middlebury dealt the No. 10 Amherst College men's soccer team a 1-0 loss in a back-and-forth matchup at Hitchcock Field Saturday afternoon.
"Middlebury fought hard and earned the win," said head coach Justin Serpone. "This is a tough league and any team can beat any other team on any weekend. It's a good lesson for our younger players".
With the loss, Amherst moves to 1-1-0 on year and to 1-1-0 in league play, while Middlebury improves to 3-1-0 overall (1-1-0 NESCAC).
Nearly netting the go-ahead score with 37 seconds to play before halftime, Dane Lind '20 showed good soccer IQ and tried to take advantage of a quick restart, powering a low shot from the right of the box towards goal, but his attempt glanced off the post before finding its way out of bounds.
Registering what stood as the lone score of the contest, Sass tallied the game-winner at the 50:10 mark, tucking a free kick from just outside the box on the left side between the Amherst keeper and the near post.
"The free kick they scored on was a heck of a play," noted Serpone. "They made a play and we didn't. It's as simple as that."
Making one final push to net the equalizer with 1:06 remaining in regulation, an Amherst throw in ended up over the goal line, but it was ruled that the ball did not touch any other player before going into the net and was therefore invalid as the visiting Panthers held on to the 1-0 win.
Amherst returns to action on Saturday, Sept. 23 when they travel to archrival Williams for a 2 p.m. conference bout. "Williams - Amherst is a different animal altogether when you factor in the historic rivalry," said Serpone. "It should be fun. I wish we could play tomorrow but we have a whole week to practice and get better."
- The Mammoths held the advantage in both shots and corners, 15-8 and 8-3, respectively.
- Lee Owen '18 (1-1) recorded two stops in 75:05 in goal, while Michael Stone '21 turned away three shots in 14:55 in relief. Jeremy Yeager (3-1) earned the win for the Panthers, making five saves in the contest.
- Five Amherst players tallied two shots each, while Drew Goulout led the game with four shot attempts.