AMHERST, Mass. – Three first half goals, including two in the opening five minutes, lifted the Amherst College men's soccer team to victory Sunday afternoon as the Mammoths topped the College of Staten Island, 4-0 in a non-conference bout at Hitchcock Field.
"I can see how Staten Island has won so many games and scores so many goals," said head coach Justin Serpone. "They kept us on our heels for big chunks of the game today."
With the win, Amherst improves to 8-3-1 on the season, while Staten Island drops to 12-4-0 overall. Amherst returns to action on Friday, Oct. 19 when they travel to Little III rival Wesleyan for a 7:30 p.m. battle under the lights.
"The thing I am most happy about for the weekend was getting two shutouts," continued Serpone. "We're going to need a similar effort on Friday when we head down to Wesleyan."
Recording his first collegiate goal and what stood as the game-winner, senior Will Cohen needed just 2:38 to get the home team on the board. Capitalizing on a corner kick opportunity,
Dane Lind '20 connected with Cohen sprinting across the box who headed a shot past the outstretched keeper.
"Will Cohen deserves a special shout-out for his first career goal today," commented Serpone. "He's been a little unlucky in his career with some injuries but has been great this year and has been a huge part of our culture since the moment he arrived."
Doubling the Mammoths advantage less than two minutes later, German Giammattei '22 netted his fifth score of the fall with an assist from Fikayo Ajayi '19. Perfectly setting up the scoring play, Ajayi powered a ball to 50 yards downfield to Giammattei who outraced his defender before chipping a shot past Christian Carucci who came out to the top of the box in a bid to send the ball to safety.
Dylan Steele '21 posted the Mammoths' final insurance tally in the 84th minute to lift Amherst to the 4-0 shut out win, heading a cross from Lind on a free kick into the nylon.
In between the pipes, Bernie White '22 (6-1-1) made six saves for Amherst in the winning effort, while Carucci (9-3-0) registered eight stops for Staten Island in the loss.
Both sides finished the matchup with 19 shot attempts, four corner kicks and 16 fouls, however the Mammoths owned the edge in shots on frame, 12-6.