AMHERST, Mass. – Amherst College scored nine goals over Senior Weekend, including five goals this morning as they defeated Farmingdale State 5-0 in a non-conference men's soccer game at Hitchcock Field.
With the win, the No. 15 Mammoths match their biggest win of the year, a 5-0 victory over Pine Manor on September 24th. Amherst also ensures another double-digit win season, now 10-2-2 overall on the year.
"This group of eight seniors has contributed a lot to this program. A lot of caring both on and off the field," said Head Coach Justin Serpone of the players that were honored yesterday before the Mammoths beat Wesleyan 4-1. "It was great that we were able to start our seniors today and then some of the younger guys got an opportunity to contribute as well."
It took less than a minute for the Mammoths to get on the board, thanks to a misfired clearance by a Farmingdale defender that went past goalie Daniel Stern and into the back of the net for an own goal.
Amherst doubled their advantage twenty minutes later on a heads-up play by Gabe Gitler '21. With the defense not set up yet, Gitler took a free kick quickly and kept it on the ground, playing in sophomore Bijan Zojaji who flipped the ball up over Stern.
Stern made 10 saves for the Rams, as they were under fire from Amherst all day. The hosts had a 33-4 advantage in shots, including 14-0 in the second half, when they added three more tallies to the scoreboard.
Will Dunne '20 kept the sixth clean sheet of the season for Amherst, making three saves, the best of which a diving stop to his left on a first half shot from John Kender.
Amherst added to their lead seven minutes after halftime and then again five minutes later. Lee Owen '18 capitalized on a shot off of the crossbar, tucking away the rebound for his first goal of the year, then Matteo Mangiardi '21 poked in a loose ball that rattled off of the iron as well.
Senior Aziz Khan finished off the scoring with a beautiful free kick goal that beat Stern to the far post.
"It's bittersweet for sure, having this Senior Weekend, but we hope there's a lot more soccer to be played for us this year. It was great to score nine goals though with homecoming, and so many family and friends on campus," said Serpone.
The Mammoth's final regular season game of the year comes this Wednesday evening, a 7:00 PM tilt at Trinity.
"In the big picture, we're happy to be 10-2-2 going into a really important game vs. Trinity on Wednesday night. We've played the hardest schedule of any team in the country this year and I think it's prepared us well for the end of the regular season."