AMHERST, Mass. – The Amherst College men's soccer team is set to hit the field for a National Semifinal matchup for the fourth time in program history this Friday, Dec. 6, with the Mammoths traveling to Greensboro, N.C. with a shot to be the last team standing in Division III.
Amherst will battle the Colonels at UNCG Soccer Stadium beginning at 5:00PM in the first Final Four bout of the day, while the defending national champion Jumbos will take on the Knights at 7:45PM for a spot in the final game of the 2019 Division III men's soccer season.
HOW THEY GOT HERE
- Earning an at-large bid, the Mammoths downed Thomas (6-1), No. 25 Ithaca (2-0), Rowan (2-0), and No. 12 RPI (3-1) to advance to the Final Four.
- The Southern Athletic Association's automatic qualifier, Centre clinched wins over Kalamazoo (1-0), No. 7 John Carroll (3-1), No. 13 CMS (4-2) and Montclair State (3-2 OT) to earn a spot in Greensboro.
- Securing an automatic bid out of the NESCAC, Tufts picked up victories over Maritime (5-1), WPI (2-1), No. 11 Washington & Lee (2-1 OT), and No. 18 Connecticut College (3-1) on their road back to the Final Four.
- Calvin claimed the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association crown to earn an automatic bid before defeating Wis.-Whitewater (1-0), St. Norbert (3-1), No. 19 North Park (1-0 2OT) and No. 16 Luther (3-0) to remain one of the final four standing.
- Tied for fifth in D3 in goals, sophomore forward, First Team All-American and reigning NESCAC Player of the Year German Giammetti is responsible for 23 of the Mammoths' 55 goals and has assisted on five others to total 51 points as a driving force up front.
- With 33 points behind 11 goals and 11 assists, opposing defenses will have to be on alert for Dane Lind '20 in the midfield and on attack, while Ignacio Cubeddu '23 (5G-4A-14P) and Ada Okorogheye '23 (4G-4A-12P) are the final Mammoths to post double-digit points so far this fall.
- The only Mammoth to start all 21 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 logged 18-or-more starts on defense to hold opponents to a measly .071 shot percentage.
- Sophomore Bernie White (16-1-1) has played the majority of minutes in between the pipes for the Mammoths, compiling a 0.50 goals against average and a .873 save percentage with 62 stops. He has allowed just nine scores this fall and has posted seven shutouts.
- Alex Garuba is responsible for the majority of Centre's goals this season, with the forward netting 23 scores and dishing out six assists for a team-high 52 points. Will Newton and Dylan Barth have also seen success up front to each eclipse the 20-point mark, with Newton putting up a 10G-7A-27P stat line and Barth potting nine goals and four helpers for 22 points.
- Nathan Wilcox and Nafiz Budeiri can also get it done on offense, with the duo rounding out the Colonels double-digit point getters and combining for 14 scores.
- Tate Johnson (15-2-1) has 19 starts under his belt for the Colonels, boasting a 0.82 GAA and a .795 save percentage in over 1600 minutes, however Hyadon Korfhage has taken over the reins as of late - securing the Elite 8 win to push Centre into the Final Four. In seven games and five starts, Korfhage has made 20 saves and amassed a 1.30 GAA.
- The Jumbos boast seven players with 10 points or more, with Joe Braun leading the charge. Braun has logged six goals and six assists to own a team-high 18 points, while Alex Ratzan is close behind with 15 points on the year (6G-3A).
- Zach Lane, Brett Rojas and Gavin Tasker each boast 14 points apiece, while Max Jacobs and Travis Van Brewer add to a dangerous, well-balanced offensive unit.
- Will Harned (10-2-1) saw the majority of time in net for the Jumbos early in the season, boasting 28 stops and five shutouts behind a 0.77 goals against average and .737 save percentage, however Erich Kindermann (8-0-1) took over in frame during the postseason - registering a 0.62 GAA and a .769 save percentage in nine starts.
- With two players with 40-plus points, Calvin boasts talented firepower up front. Totaling 45 points after netting 15 goals and dishing out 15 assists, Sam Twigg sits atop the Knights' scoring list, while Hunter Olson is three points behind with a team-high 16 goals to go along with 10 helpers.
- Ian Adams (8G-17A-33P) is a playmaker to keep an eye our for, while Dillon Weldy has logged eight goals and nine assists for 25 points.
- Opposing offenses are likely to see Chris Morrish (12-1-1) standing in between the pipes, with the keeper making 43 stops and allowing 10 goals in 1478 minutes to own a 0.61 GAA and a .811 save percentage. Daniel Wunder has also seen success in net for the Knights, amassing a 0.54 GAA in nine midseason starts.
BY THE NUMBERS
|No. 1 Amherst||Centre||No. 5 Tufts||No. 2 Calvin|
|Games / Record||21 / 18-1-2||24 / 20-3-1||22 / 18-2-2||25 / 23-1-1|
|Shots on Goal||216||215||193||201|