WATERVILLE, Maine – With an assist and his sixth game-winning goal of the fall, sophomore forward German Giammattei rewrote the Amherst record books Saturday, becoming the program's new leader in single-season goals (17) and single-season points (37) while lifting the top-ranked Amherst College men's soccer team to a 2-1 win over league foe Colby College at Bill Alfond Field.
"'I'm not sure what there is to say about German. We've had such a great tradition of forwards at Amherst over the years and he's proving to be in the conversation with some of the greats," commented head coach Justin Serpone. "He's also a great teammate – humble, empathetic, hard-working – the superlatives go on and on. All I know is that there isn't anyone else currently playing college soccer right now that I'd rather have. He's a perfect fit on the field but an even better fit for our Amherst Soccer family off the field."
Finding the back of the net in an unprecedented pace in 2019, Giammattei has tallied a point in all but one game he has played this season, while registering two hat tricks and five total multi-goal performances. With 17 goals and 37 points through 13 games, the Pinecrest, Fla. Native surpasses Jake Duker '09 (16G-2008) for the single-season goal record and both Spencer Noon '13 (15G-5A-35P / 2011) and Duker (16G-3A-35P / 2008) to set a new single-season point ceiling. Seeing action in 32 contests donning the Purple & White, Giammattei has compiled a 24G-6A-54P stat line and is in the running to push Noon to number two in the program record for career goals (49) and career points (117).
The Mammoths' fifth overtime victory of this season, Amherst improves to 11-0-2 on the year and to 6-0-2 in league action with the W, while Colby drops to 5-5-3 overall (1-5-2 NESCAC). Amherst next takes the field on Saturday, Oct. 26 when they travel to Bates College for an 2PM conference matchup.
Getting off to a quick start, Colby's leading goal scorer Ethan Fabricant needed only 4:24 to give the home team the early edge as he fielded a leading pass and dodged two defenders to earn a breakaway before beating the Mammoths' keeper.
Countering just over six minutes later, senior Dane Lind potted his fifth goal of the fall with an assist from Giammattei. With the team-up, the duo continued to extend their margins atop the NESCAC leader board, with Giammattei ranking first in the conference in points (37) and Lind ranking second (19).
Neither side was able to find nylon over the next 79 minutes of the battle, moving the clash into overtime.
Securing Amherst's third comeback win, Giammattei iced the game at the 96:18 mark. Setting up at the left corner flag, Ignacio Cubeddu '23 lofted a bending kick towards frame that was ricocheted off the head of Giammattei and over the goal line.
"Colby is such a well-coached team and they are really good at making it hard to create chances," Serpone continued. "It's so hard to win on the road in this league. I'm obviously happy to head back To Amherst with three points."
The Mammoths owned a dominate advantage in shots (14-3), shots on target (7-2) and corner kicks (7-2) and were whistled for 15 fouls, while Colby finished the day with nine total fouls.
Making one save, Bernie White '22 (10-0-1) earned the win for Amherst in between the pipes, while Stanley Clarke (2-2-2) registered four saves for the Mules in the loss.
"Preparation for Bates starts Monday," concluded Serpone. "We're going to have to travel back up to Maine next weekend and play a really confident, really determined Bates team. Should be another fun NESCAC road game."