HARTFORD, Conn. – Closing out the regular season with their seventh shutout of the year, the top-ranked Amherst College men's soccer team powered past Trinity College, 4-0, Wednesday evening at the Trinity Soccer Field to clinch the program's fourth undefeated regular season since 1998, and first since 2015, and the top-seed in the conference tournament for the sixth time in team history.
With the win, Amherst secures home field advantage throughout the NESCAC postseason and closes out the regular season with a 13-0-2 overall record and an 8-0-2 mark in conference play, while Trinity ends the 2019 season with a 1-13-1 ledger on the year (0-10-0 NESCAC). The Mammoths begin their postseason run this Saturday, Nov. 2 when they face off against eighth-seeded Wesleyan University (6-6-3) in a Quarterfinal bout at Hitchcock Field beginning at 12:30PM.
"The main target tonight was to head into the postseason with a shutout," commented head coach Justin Serpone. "Will Dunne made an amazing save in the first half to make that happen."
Extending the differential between himself and the second-ranked goal scorer in the conference to 10 markers, German Giammattei '22 potted his 18th goal of fall with an assist from Ignacio Cubeddu '23 10:28 into the battle. One-touching Cubeddu's dish past his defender to gain space, Giammattei ripped a right-footed shot from the top of the box into the lower left corner.
Registering his 10th assist on the season to tie his own Amherst single-season program record, senior Dane Lind connected with Giammattei in the 37th minute to give the Mammoths a 2-0 edge. Executing a give-and-go across the box, Giammattei chested down Lind's pass and one-timed a volley past the outstretched Bantams' keeper.
Keeping things rolling in the second half, Jimmy McMillian '20 netted his first goal of the year on an unassisted strike 7:38 into the stanza to push the visitor's lead to 3-0. Collecting a cross inside the box on to elicit a one-on-one, McMillian cut to his left and juked his defender before chipping a shot into the nylon, short-side.
"Jimmy McMillian has been such an important member of our team for the past four years," said Serpone. "He played great tonight and scored a great goal."
Notching his third hat trick of 2019 and second against a league foe, Giammattei capped off scoring at the 54:20 mark to lift the Mammoths to a 4-0 victory. Lofting a pass 30-yards downfield to the top of the goalie box, Dylan Steele '21 hit Giammattei who headed a shot over the line.
Dominating time of possession, the Mammoths owned the advantage in shots, 16-5, shots on frame, 8-3, and corner kicks.
Racking up three saves in between the pipes, Will Dunne '20 (2-0-0) earned the win for Amherst, while Andrew Clark (0-3-0) made four stops for Trinity is the loss.
"Everyone is 0-0 now starting with Saturday," Serpone concluded. "Wesleyan has had a really good season with some big results. We remember well what happened against them in 2015 so we're going to need to be as focused as possible if we want to advance to the following weekend."