WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – A two-goal first half propelled the Mammoths to victory, as the second-ranked Amherst College men's soccer team shut out archrival Williams College, 2-0 Saturday afternoon at Cole Field.
"Anytime you beat Williams it's a good day," said head coach Justin Serpone. "Rivalry aside, they are a really good team, with really good players, so it's a heck of a win."
With the win, Amherst improves to 6-0-1 on the season and to 3-0-1 in NESCAC play, while Williams falls to 3-3-1 overall (2-2-0 NESCAC). Hitting the field on back-to-back days for the first time this fall, Amherst returns to action tomorrow, Sunday, Sept. 29 when they host Middlebury College in a 2:30PM conference bout at Hitchcock Field.
"Middlebury is undefeated and have only given up two goals this entire season," continued Serpone. "We have totally contrasting styles so Sunday should be a great test."
Breaking the scoreless deadlock midway through the opening half, first-year Ignacio Cubeddu's first collegiate goal proved to be a game-winner as he gave the Mammoths a 1-0 edge at the 24:11 mark. Intercepting a clearing attempt 25-yards out on the left side, Cubeddu dodged an Ephs defender as he cut across the top of the box before powering a deflected shot under the crossbar.
Adding an insurance tally in the 41st minute, Bryce Johnson '21 forced a Williams own goal following a throw in from in front of the bench on the left sideline. Launching a flip throw-in 35 yards towards frame, Johnson's toss skimmed off the head of an Ephs defender before finding its way into the bottom right corner.
"I was glad to see Ignacio Cubeddu get his first start and his first goal today," Serpone finished. "He's an exciting player who had a lot of potential. I also thought Cutler Coleman '20 had an awesome game today. He's the heart and soul of our team...he works so hard."
The Mammoths held the edge in shots and shots on goal, 9-8 and 5-4, respectively, while both sides earned five corner kicks.
In between the pipes, Bernie White '22 (6-0-1) registered four saves for Amherst in the winning effort, while Michael Davis (3-1-0) made three stops for Williams in the loss.