Late Rally Not Enough as Men’s Soccer Falls to Williams 2-1.

Late Rally Not Enough as Men’s Soccer Falls to Williams 2-1.

AMHERST, Mass. – A late score by the Amherst's men's soccer team wasn't enough as they fell to Williams College 2-1 in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) play at Hitchcock Field Saturday afternoon.

After a physical and scoreless first half, the initial point of the match came from Gregory Andreou in the 57th minute after the ball was knocked into the box, eventually being led on by Andreou to the back of the net unassisted. The next goal came from Williams when Sean Dory passed the ball to Chris Fleischer who curled the ball towards the back post, just over the head of the goalkeeper. The Ephs took the 2-0 lead until five minutes left in the game.

The Mammoths had to wait till the 85th minute to see their first goal of the game as Sebastian Derby '21 scored from a cross by Dane Lind '20 to bring them back to within one of Williams. Right after the reset, a header by Mammoth Sean Fitzgerald '19 almost found the back of the net, but was saved by the Ephs goalkeeper. Three minutes later, Williams conceded a penalty kick to the Mammoths, giving them a chance to tie the game. The shot was saved by Williams goalkeeper Aaron Schein around the 89th minute, which helped solidified the win for their team.

After a physical and scoreless first half, the initial point of the match came from Gregory Andreou in the 57th minute after the ball was knocked into the box, eventually being led on by Andreou to the back of the net unassisted. The next goal came from Williams when Sean Dory passed the ball to Chris Fleischer who curled the ball towards the back post, just over the head of the goalkeeper. The Ephs took the 2-0 lead until the goal by Derby in the 85th minute.

Amherst finished the game with 25 total shots with seven of them on goal. Williams only marked 10 shots over the course of the 90 minutes, but managed to shoot eight of them on frame.

Amherst goalkeeper Michael Stone '21 and Williams goalkeeper Aaron Schein finished with six saves on the day for their respective teams.

When the final whistle was blown in regulation, there was a total of 29 combined infractions from Amherst and Williams, with Amherst also notching three more corner kicks on the day.

With today's loss, the Mammoths now move to 2-2 (1-2 in NESCAC) on the season, where Williams improves to 3-0-1 (2-0-1 in NESCAC) overall.

Amherst men's soccer returns to action on Tuesday September, 25th as they host Gordon College in non-conference action at Hitchcock Field beginning at 4:30 PM. The Ephs return to conference play tomorrow as they travel to Bates College which kicks off at 3:00 PM.