Mammoths Navigate Rain, Scots to Get Back into Win Column

Mammoths Navigate Rain, Scots to Get Back into Win Column

AMHERST, Mass. – It took ninety minutes of soaking wet soccer, but at the end of the day on Tuesday, Amherst College men's soccer snapped a two-game losing streak with a 2-0 victory over Gordon College at Gooding Field. 

Amherst (3-2) scored in each half of a game that was played mostly in downpour conditions, collecting their third shutout of the year.

The Scots fell to 5-4 on the year in a season that has included a victory over No. 4 ranked Brandeis. 

"Gordon is a good team that already has wins over some top teams this year.  We knew it would be a good game, and it took a full team effort to get the win," said Head Coach Justin Serpone. 

First year Bernie White got his first career win and shutout, making six saves in the victory. White showed his athleticism on several saves, most notably diving to push a shot from Gordon's Jarvin Ramirez over the corner of the goal in the 33rd minute. 

Cutler Coleman '20 converted a penalty kick in the 12th minute, while Jimmy McMillian '20 knocked home his own rebound with seventeen minutes to play to double the host's advantage. The goals were the first of the year for both juniors. 

Coach Serpone made particular note of the play of sophomore Jack O'Brien, saying "Jack was great today. I've been really happy with how Jack has transitioned to left back for us and I think today showed what he is capable of on both sides of the ball." 

Wesley Sprague made two stops for the Scots, who were outshot 16-10 but did have a 5-3 corner kick advantage. 

Next up for Amherst is a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) doubleheader weekend, with a road game at Tufts on Saturday and a home game against Bates on Sunday. Both games are scheduled for 2:30 PM kickoffs. 

"We needed to bounce back today and we did.  Now we need to focus on a great Tufts team at their home field Saturday," said Serpone. "Two years ago we went them and got beat 3-0 and no one has forgotten that.  It should be a great NESCAC battle."