AMHERST, Mass. – Battling back from an early 1-0 deficit, German Giammattei '22 netted what stood as the game-winner in the 80th minute as the Amherst College men's soccer team ended Bates College's three game win streak with a 2-1 victory over the Bobcats Sunday afternoon at Hitchcock Field.
"I'm happy with how we responded today after a disappointing loss yesterday," said head coach Justin Serpone. "It's hard to win games in this league and, while we still have a lot to get better at, we showed some resilience this afternoon."
"Bates is a good team that has a plan and knows what they are good at," Serpone continued. "They have three NESCAC wins for a reason."
With the win, Amherst improves to 4-3-0 on the season and to 2-3-0 in league play, while Bates falls to 5-3-0 overall (3-3-0 NESCAC). Amherst returns to action on Wednesday, Oct. 3 when they travel to New England College for a 7:30 p.m. non-conference bout.
Striking 9:29 into the contest, Peder Bakken gave the visitors a 1-0 lead following a Mammoth foul 35 yards out from net. Tasked with taking the free kick, Julien Williamson sent a pass to Ciaran Bardong in the middle of the box who redirected a bouncing ball to Bakken for the score.
Undeterred, the Mammoths responded just over a minute later as Sean Fitzgerald '19 recorded his second goal of the fall to even things up at the 11:10 mark. Capitalizing on a long throw in from the left sideline, Will Cohen '19 headed the ball to Fitzgerald on the right post who quickly buried a shot into the nylon.
Deadlocked at 1-1 following the break, Bernie White '22 came up with a big stop for Amherst in the 47th minute to halt a potential momentum shift early in the second half. Corralling a leading pass 10 yards outside the box, Bakken ripped a hard shot on target, but White was up to the task as he dove to his right and turned the attempt away.
Giving the home team their first lead of the matchup at the 80:22 mark, Giammattei tallied his team-leading third score of the season and what stood as the game-winner. Controlling the ball at the perimeter, Cutler Coleman '20 set up the scoring play as he ripped a low, hard shot on frame from near the left sideline. The Bobcats keeper turned away the initial shot, but Giammattei was perfectly positioned to clean up the rebound and lift Amherst to the 2-1 victory.
Putting on the pressure down the stretch, Bates earned a corner and two free kicks inside the 40 in the final 1:23, but the Mammoths were able to withstand the late push to get back in the win column.
"Sebastian Derby was especially important today on both sides of the ball," commented Serpone. "He's a warrior and we needed that today."
In between the pipes, White (2-1) registered four saves for Amherst in the winning effort, while Robbie Montanaro (5-3) made seven stops for the Bobcats in the loss.
The Mammoths held the edge in shots, 18-13, and were whistled for 12 fouls, while the visitors owned the advantage in corner kicks, 5-4, and were called for 13 infractions.