AMHERST, Mass. – First-year German Giammattei's team-leading seventh goal of the season was enough to push the Mammoths past the Bears, as the No. 18 Amherst College men's soccer team shut out Bridgewater State, 1-0 Saturday afternoon at Gooding Field in NCAA Championship first round action.
With the win, Amherst improves to 13-4-1 and advances to the NCAA second round, while Bridgewater State closes out the 2018 season with a 11-8-1 overall ledger. Amherst will play Saint Joseph's College tomorrow at 1 p.m. at home with a spot in the NCAA Sectionals on the line.
After a quick start by the Mammoths the Bears earned their lone scoring opportunity of the first half at the 8:17 mark, with a header attempt by Kessy Alves after a corner kick deflecting off the shoulder of a defender and just wide of target.
Upping the offensive pressure, Giammattei earned solid scoring chances for the Mammoths with 32:02 and 20:05 on the clock, sending a one-time shot inches right of the far right post on a 3-v-1 and ripping a blast from 25 yards out off the crossbar.
Finally breaking through at the 34:40 mark, NESCAC Rookie of the Year Giammattei put the Mammoths ahead 1-0 with an assist from Cutler Coleman '20. Corralling the ball inside Bears territory, Coleman dished a pass to Giammattei streaking down the left sideline who powered a shot off a Bears defender and over the goal line.
Nearly doubling the home team's lead in the 61st minute, Will Cohen '19 drilled the crossbar with a point-blank shot after a rebound found its way to him alone at the penalty hash.
In between the pipes, Bernie White'22 (11-2-1) made one stop in the winning effort for Amherst, while Nate Morgado (11-8-1) registered 10 saves in the loss.
The Mammoths owned the advantage in shots on target, 11-1 and corner kicks, 8-3 and were whistled for 13 fouls, while the Bears were called for 10 infractions.
|In Oct. 2018, Amherst proudly recognized Ted W. Beneski '78, P'08 and Laurie M. Beneski P'08 for their extraordinary generosity and commitment to the College by naming the men's & women's soccer program in their honor. The College's naming of the Beneski Soccer Program celebrates the Beneskis' love for Amherst athletics and their longstanding investment in helping Amherst students excel as learners, as players and teammates, and as citizens.|