AMHERST, Mass. – The Mammoths controlled the pace of play from the opening whistle and outshot the Gators 21-4 as the Amherst College men's soccer team shut out Pine Manor, 5-0 Sunday afternoon at Hitchcock Field.
With the win, Amherst improves to 2-1-1 on the season, while Pine Manor falls to 5-2-1 overall. Amherst returns to action on Saturday, Sept. 30 when they host Tufts at Hitchcock Field at 2:30 p.m.
Amherst nearly found the back of the net 17 minutes into the first half, as Kiernan Bellew '18 dished a pass to Aidan Murray '18 in the right of the box, but Raudel Gomez kept the game scoreless as he recorded the defensive save.
Getting on the board with 15:07 remaining in the stanza, Felix Wu '21 tallied his first collegiate goal to give the Mammoths a 1-0 lead. Capitalizing on a give-and-go after a short corner pass, Wu headed a shot into the top right corner of the goal as Jack O'Brien '21 and Michael Saks '21 registered the assists.
Amherst doubled their lead 1:26 later, as O'Brien drew a hard foul in the box to give the Mammoths a penalty shot. Tasked to take the shot, Jimmy McMillian '20 drilled the ball past the diving netminder.
Angel Pena made an athletic jumping save to keep the Gators within striking distance in the 44th minute, turning away a cannon of a shot by Andres Pascual-Leone '19 from 30 yards out from making its way into the top right corner.
Extending the Mammoths lead to 3-0 five minutes into the second half, Kyle Kelly '21 registered the first goal of his collegiate career. The Gators' netminder turned away a shot from Pascual-Leone, but the rebound went directly to Kelly as he headed the ball into the upper left corner of the goal.
O'Brien made it a 4-0 contest at the 66:42 mark, sending a dish from Matteo Mangiardi's '21 into the nylon from the top of the box.
Filiberto Carlos made a solid defensive play for Pine Manor with 15:02 on the clock as he caught up to an Amherst forward racing towards net and slide tackled the ball to safety.
- Kofi Hope-Gund '21 (1-0-1) made two stops in goal for Amherst in the winning effort, while Angel Pena (2-2-0) recorded six saves for the Gators.
- Amherst owned a dominative 21-4 edge in shots and held an 8-1 advantage in corner kicks.
- Bijan Zojaji '20 took a team high four shots, while Sebastian Derby '21 added three shots.