NESCAC Preview: Top-Seeded Men's Soccer Resumes Hosting Duties in Semifinal Action

NESCAC Preview: Top-Seeded Men's Soccer Resumes Hosting Duties in Semifinal Action

NESCAC CHAMPIONSHIP CENTRAL

AMHERST, Mass. – Earning hosting duties for the final weekend of the NESCAC season for the second straight fall, the top-seeded Amherst College men's soccer team continues the hunt for the program's sixth conference crown this Saturday, Nov. 9 when they take on sixth-seeded Middlebury College in a NESCAC Championship Semifinals clash. Opening kickoff at Hitchcock Field is slated for 11 AM.

The winner of Amherst's semifinal contest with the Panthers will advance to the 2019 NESCAC Championship title game on Sunday, Nov. 10 at 12PM at Hitchcock Field. The second semifinal matchup pits second-seeded Tufts University against fourth-seeded Williams College beginning at 1:30 PM.

LIVE COVERAGE
11:00 AM |  Amherst vs. Middlebury  |  Live Stats / Video
1:30 PM   |  Tufts vs. Williams             |  Live Stats / Video

HOW THEY GOT HERE

  • Striking once in each half, the Mammoths secured home field advantage throughout the playoffs with a 2-0 shut out against No. 8 Wesleyan in quarterfinal play.
  • The lone team to earn a win on the road in the first round, No. 6 Middlebury played No. 3 Connecticut College to a 0-0 double overtime draw before taking the game in penalty kicks, 4-3.
  • Three different Ephs found the back of the net in quarterfinal action to push No. 4 Williams past No. 5 Bates.
  • Two scores in the final two minutes highlighted No. 2 Tufts' victory in the quarterfinals, with the Jumbos downing No. 7 Hamilton by a 3-0 margin.

THE FIELD IN THE REGULAR SEASON

  RECORD  Amherst Middlebury Tufts Williams
Amherst 2-0-1 -- T 1-1 (2OT) Sept. 29 W 2-1 (OT) Oct. 12 W 2-0
Sept. 28
Middlebury 0-1-2 T 1-1 (2OT) Sept. 29 -- L 2-1 (OT) Oct. 26 T 1-1 (2OT) Oct. 29
Tufts 2-1-0 L 2-1 (OT) Oct. 12 W 2-1 (OT) Oct. 26 -- W 3-2
Sept. 7
Williams 0-2-1 L 2-0
Sept. 28
T 1-1 (2OT) Oct. 29 L 3-2
Sept. 7
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SCOUTING AMHERST
No. 1 Seed (14-0-2 Overall, 8-0-2 NESCAC) | Schedule / Roster / Stats

  • Looking to reach the final for the first time since 2016, the last year the Mammoths captured the NESCAC crown, Amherst heads into the weekend leading the conference in all three major offensive categories: goals (42), assists (35) and points (119), while their defensive unit is tied for second overall with a team 0.60 goals against average.
  • Leading the NESCAC in goals scored by a 12-goal margin, German Giammattei '21 has been a wrecking ball for Amherst up front, potting 20 goals and dishing out four helpers to lead the league in points with 43. Senior Dane Lind is next in the conference in points, totaling 24 behind seven goals and a NESCAC-leading 10 assists. First-year duo Ignacio Cubeddu (5G-3A-13P) and Ada Okorogheye (3G-2A-8P) also have the ability to be game changers on the attack.
  • The only Mammoth to start all 16 contests, defender Kyle Kelly '21 is a mainstay of Amherst's stingy backline, while Bryce Johnson '21, Cutler Coleman '20 and Felix Wu '21 have all earned 13-or-more starts on defense.
  • With a league-leading 0.46 goals against average, sophomore Bernie White (12-0-2) has held opponents to just four goals in 13 starts. Making 45 saves, he boasts a .882 save percentage and five shutouts.

SCOUTING MIDDLEBURY
No. 6 Seed (7-2-7 Overall, 3-2-5 NESCAC) | Schedule / Roster / Stats

  • Middlebury, which won its third and most recent NESCAC crown in 2010, boasts the top defense in the league, allowing a conference-low nine goals this season. 
  • With a team-high nine points each, forwards Drew Goulart and Brandon Reid headline the Panther's offense, with Goulart netting a Middlebury-leading four goals to go with a helper and Reid notching three scores and three assists.
  • Keeper Ryan Grady (7-2-6) has recorded 62 saves and six shutouts in 16 starts to own a .886 save percentage and a 0.50 goals against average as the anchor of the Panther defense.

SCOUTING TUFTS
No. 2 Seed (12-2-2 Overall, 7-1-2 NESCAC) | Schedule / Roster / Stats

  • Ranked No. 5 in the nation, Tufts is in the semifinal round for the second time in three years, and won its only NESCAC title in 2017.
  • The Jumbos rank second in the NESCAC in scoring, averaging 2.31 goals per game and boast six players with 10 points or more. Alex Ratzan leads the charge with a team-high five scores, while Joe Bruan has a stat line of 4G-5A-13P to top Tufts in points on the year. 
  • Will Harned (10-2-1) has seen the majority of time in net for the Jumbos, boasting 28 stops and five shutouts behind a 0.77 goals against average and .737 save percentage, however it was Erich Kindermann (2-0-1) who picked up the quarterfinal win for Tufts with the sophomore holding a 0.27 GAA in 335:00 minutes in between the pipes.

SCOUTING WILLIAMS
No. 4 Seed (8-3-5 Overall, 5-2-3 NESCAC) | Schedule / Roster / Stats

  • Last year's NESCAC Runner-Up, the Ephs are unbeaten in their last nine matches (5-0-4) and are looking to reach the championship game in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2012 and 2013, and capture the NESCAC title for the first time since 2009.
  • One of just three players to start all 16 games, Demian Glass has tallied a team-leading 15 points behind a seven goal, one assist effort. He is followed by Will Felitto (3G-2A-8P), Liam Bardong (2G-2A-6P) and Chris Fleischer (2G-2A-6P).
  • Michael Davis (7-1-3) is the top goalkeeper for Williams, making 31 stops in 12 contests to own seven shutouts, a 0.54 goals against average and a .816 save percentage.

BY THE NUMBERS

                     
      No. 1 Amherst
  No. 6 Middlebury    No. 2 Tufts
  No. 4 Williams
 
   Games / Record     16 / 14-0-2   17 / 7-2-7   16 / 12-2-2   16 / 8-3-5  
   Total Goals     42   30   37   25  
   Assists     35   27   37   18  
   Goals-Per Game     2.63   1.76   2.31   1.56  
   Total Shots     363   252   314   223  
   Shots-Per Game     22.7   14.8   19.6   13.9  
   Shot %     11.6%   11.9%   11.8%   11.2%  
   Shots on Goal     162   118   142   112  
   SOG %     44.6%   46.8%   45.2%   50.2%  
   GAA     0.60   0.56   0.66   0.81  
   Corner Kicks     103   100   114   83  
   Penalty Kicks     2-2   4-4   2-4   3-3  
   Yellow Cards     20   22   10    14  
   Shutouts     8   9   8   7  
                     


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2019 NESCAC CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
Quarterfinals - Saturday, November 2
No. 1 Amherst def. No. 8 Wesleyan, 2-0
No. 2 Tufts def. No. 7 Hamilton, 3-0
No. 6 Middlebury tied No. 3 Connecticut College, 0-0 - Middlebury advances on PKs, 4-3
No. 4 Williams def. No. 5 Bates, 3-0

Semifinals - Saturday, November 9 - at Amherst
No. 6 Middlebury at No. 1 Amherst - 11:00 AM
No. 2 Tufts vs. No. 4 Williams - 1:30 PM

Championship - Sunday, November 10 - at Amherst
Semifinal winners - 12:00 PM