AMHERST, Mass. – Recording their second shutout in as many games, the No. 13 Amherst College men's soccer team held momentum from start to finish to power past Bowdoin College, 3-0 in their conference opener Saturday afternoon at Hitchcock Field.
"It was a solid team effort today. We have a lot we need to work on, but we'll take a NESCAC shutout to start the season," commented head coach Justin Serpone. "I was really happy with our pressure and thought Nico Kenary '22 was a key piece for us."
With the win, Amherst improves to 2-0-0 on the season and to 1-0-0 in league play, while Bowdoin falls to 1-1-0 (0-1-0 NESCAC). Amherst returns to action on Tuesday, Sept. 10 when they host Babson in a 4 PM non-conference clash.
"Babson is one of the best teams in New England and Tuesday is going to come quickly," continued Serpone. "We need to need to build off today and be at our best if we're going to have a chance."
Netting his first collegiate goal and what stood as the game winner at the 28:59 mark, first-year Ada Okorogheye opened scoring for the Mammoths in impressive fashion as he was able to sneak a quick shot from the top of the box into the bottom right corner while surrounded by five black jerseys.
Bowdoin's first shot on frame came with 9:22 remaining in the first half, with Brian Bae sending a low, hard shot from just outside the box towards the Mammoths' keeper, however Bernie White '22 stood strong in net and smothered the attempt.
Doubling the home team's edge in the 42nd minute, Gabe Gitler '22 also potted his first-ever goal donning the Purple & White on an unassisted strike. Looking to clear the ball from danger inside the box, a header by a Polar Bear defender landed at the feet of Gitler who drilled a low shot from 30 yards out into the nylon.
Adding an insurance tally with 26:14 remaining in the second half, German Giammattei registered his second goal of the season and what proved to be the final score of the day off a dish from Sebastian Derby '21. Intercepting a pass at midfield, Giammattei and Derby executed several short passes to weave through the defense before Giamattei powered a shot from point-blank range inside the near left post.
In between the pipes, White made two stops in 81:09 to earn the win, while Kofi Hope-Gund' 20 went uncontested in relief for Amherst. Chris Kingston (1-1-0) made eight saves for Bowdoin in the losing effort.
Amherst held a dominant edge in shots (28-5), shots on goal (11-2) and corner kicks (9-2) and were whistled for 18 infractions, while the Polar Bears were called for 14 fouls.
"Bowdoin has a lot of new faces and I'm sure they will a different team later in the season," Serpone finished. "They have a lot of good players and are going to be dangerous once they gain experience."