Men's Soccer

2017 RECORD: 12-4-3; NESCAC: 6-2-2; NR:10 NCAA NATIONAL TITLES: 1 (2015) NESCAC TITLES: 5 (2008, '11, '12, '13, '16)

No. 15 Men’s Soccer Strikes Early, Tops Wesleyan 4-1

No. 15 Men’s Soccer Strikes Early, Tops Wesleyan 4-1

AMHERST, Mass. – Sebastian Derby '21 scored twice in the opening ten minutes to lead the No. 15 Amherst College men's soccer team to a 4-1 victory over New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) rivals Wesleyan University on Saturday afternoon at Hitchcock Field.

The game was part of both Homecoming and Senior Weekend for the Mammoths, as before the contest they honored the members of their graduating class: goalie Lee Owen, defender Cameron Hardington, midfielders Aziz Khan, Alden Von Ziegesar and Sam Malnik, and forwards Aidan Murray, Weller Hlinomaz and Kieran Bellew.

"Celebrating Senior Day and Homecoming with a win made for a special afternoon. We had a lot of Alumni back on campus so it was important to our current team to showcase that are carrying on the hard work and caring that has made Amherst Soccer such a special culture," said Head Coach Justin Serpone. 

The Mammoths improve to 9-2-2 overall and 5-2-2 in the NESCAC. It will be a quick turnaround for Amherst, as they will host Farmingdale State at 11:00 AM tomorrow at Hitchcock Field in a non-conference affair. 

"It's going to be a challenge to be ready for an 11am kickoff tomorrow. It's certainly going to test our maturity," added Serpone.

Hlinomaz had an assist on Derby's second goal, which doubled the home team's advantage after the freshman had scored just 31 seconds earlier on a feed from Felix Wu '21.

The offensive first half continued with Wesleyan finding the back of the net at 37:17 on an unassisted tally by Nick Jackson.

Fikayo Ajayi '19 restored a two-goal advantage for the Mammoths with a strike in the final minute before halftime.

A pair of seniors also hooked up in this game, as Khan fed Murray in the 74th minute for the only goal of the second half.

Game Notes

  • Hlinomaz leads the team with 9 points and four goals, while Wu and Khan are now the fifth Mammoth players to have two assists this season.
  • Kofi Hope-Gund '21 made three saves on four shots against.
  • For the Cardinals, Brian Harnett made seven saves, as the Mammoths outshot their opponents 23-8.
  • Wesleyan had a 6-2 advantage at the corner flag.