Senior Day Shutout Extends Unbeaten Streak for Men’s Soccer

Senior Day Shutout Extends Unbeaten Streak for Men’s Soccer

AMHERST, Mass. – With a 3-0 win over Colby College on Senior Day Saturday at Hitchock Field, the Amherst College men's soccer team extended their unbeaten streak to five games and collected their fourth New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) win of the year.

Before the game, the Mammoths celebrated the careers of their six seniors – Luke Nguyen, Fikayo Ajayi, Andres Pascual-Leone, Christopher Lewis, Sean Fitzgerald and Will Cohen.

Ajayi notched a goal and an assist, Nguyen also scored and Fitzgerald had an assist for Amherst (7-3-1, 4-3-1 NESCAC), who outshot Colby 18-12 (5-5-2, 2-4-2 NESCAC).

"It was great to have two Seniors score big goals on Senior Day," said Head Coach Justin Serpone. "This Senior class is very special to our program and I'm glad we got to celebrate them with a win."

First year Bernie White made five saves to improve to 5-1-1 between the pipes for Amherst. In relief, Michael Stone '21 made an important save on a header by Colby's Ethan Fabricant to preserve the shutout in the final minute.

Sebastian Derby '21 got the Mammoths in front in the 18th minute when he scored his sixth goal, sliding home the ball after a shot by Fitzgerald.

Fifteen minutes later, Ajayi converted a penalty kick to double the Mammoths advantage, and Amherst took a 2-0 lead into the break.

Nguyen added an insurance goal, his fourth of the year, when he used an athletic play to knock a pass from Ajayi into the back of the net.

"Today was a full team effort, and it needed to be," said Serpone. "Colby beat us last year and had almost their entire starting lineup back.  They are a tough, organized, well-coached group and we knew it would be a challenge to get three points today."

Colby had a great chance to get on the scoreboard in the 84th minute, but a shot by Wyett MacDonald hit the crossbar.

Dan Carlson made four saves in net for the Mules, who also had a shot cleared off of the back line.

"We're going to have our hands full tomorrow with a very good Staten island team.  It's a quick turnaround and we're going to need to refocus quickly," said Serpone of the team's next game, which comes tomorrow afternoon at 1:00 pm when the College of Staten Island comes to visit.