KINGS POINT, N.Y. – German Giammattei '22 recorded his second hat trick in as many games and Dane Lind '20 added two more Mammoths scores as the No. 4 Amherst College men's soccer team shut out its fourth opponent in five contests to power past the United States Merchant Marine Academy, 5-0 Wednesday evening at Brooks Stadium.
"The most important takeaway from tonight was earning a shutout against an athletic and committed USMMA team," commented head coach Justin Serpone. "Kyle Kelly had a great game. He's really stepped up for us this year."
With the win, Amherst improves to 5-0-0 on the season, while USMMA falls to 3-3 overall. Amherst returns to action this Saturday, Sept. 21 when they host No. 15 Connecticut College at Hitchcock Field for a 2:30 PM NESCAC bout.
Taking a 2-0 lead in the first 10 minutes, Lind and Giammattei found the back of the net at the 7:04 and 8:31 marks, respectively, to give Amherst an early cushion. Both potting unassisted tallies, Lind battled past three defenders before beating the Mariners keeper, while a clearing header by a USMMA defender landed at the feet to Giammattei to set up the Mammoths second score.
Extending the Amherst lead to 3-0 in the 29th minute, Giammattei made the most of a 2-v-2 rush, cutting towards the middle of the field at the top of the box and ripped a shot into the lower left corner before clinching his second hat trick in as many games 17 minutes later as he countered a defensive save on the Mammoths initial shot attempt with a chip shot into the nylon.
Lind wrapped up scoring in the contest, driving a low shot from 30 yards out off the fingertips of the Mariners keeper and over the goal line to lift Amherst to the 5-0 victory.
In between the pipes, Bernie White '22 (5-0) registered three saves for Amherst in the winning effort, while Matthew Milner (3-2) made nine stops for the Mariners in the loss.
Amherst owned a dominant advantage in shots and shots on goal in the matchup, 29-6 and 17-3, respectively, and a 7-4 edge in corner kicks while being whistled for nine fouls. Merchant Marine was called for 13 infractions on the night.
"Saturday is an important test for us. Connecticut College is a top-five team in the country who just scored eight goals against Trinity," finished Serpone."They are tough, athletic and talented. I have no idea if we can compete with them. To say we're an underdog is an understatement."