CLINTON, N.Y. – Sophomore German Giammattei netted his first career hat trick to push his season goal total to a NESCAC-leading five as the No. 6 Amherst College men's soccer team picked up its third shut out of the year with a 3-0 win over Hamilton College Saturday afternoon at Love Field.
"It's always a battle when we play Hamilton," commented head coach Justin Serpone. "They came right at us from the beginning of the game and could have easily been up 1-0 early on. I fully expect that they will be there competing for a NESCAC championship in November."
With the win, Amherst improves to 4-0-0 on the season and to 2-0-0 in league play, while Hamilton falls to 1-3-0 overall (0-2-0). Amherst returns to the field on Wednesday, Sept. 18 when they travel to Merchant Marine for a 7:45 PM non-conference clash.
"We have another midweek game this week, this time against a Merchant Marine team that beat a top-20 team (Ithaca) last week," continued Serpone. "We'll enjoy this NESCAC road win for the bus ride back but then start to get focused on Wednesday."
Netting his first goal of the matchup in the 23rd minute, Giammattei gave the visitors a 1-0 edge with assists from seniors Dane Lind and Cutler Coleman. Maneuvering down the right sideline, Coleman found Lind at the top of the box who sent a quick dish to Giammattei racing towards the far left post for the one-time score.
Adding to the scoreboard 10 minutes later, Giammattei teamed up with Jimmy McMillian '20 to make it 2-0. Gaining control of the ball in the right corner, McMillian drove a cross to Giammattei in the box who headed a shot past the Hamilton keeper.
Finishing off the hat trick in a span of 24 minutes, Giammattei tallied what stood as the game's final goal at the 46:48 mark as he converted on his penalty shot attempt following a hand ball to extend the Mammoths lead to 3-0.
"German is as good of an attacking player as there is in the country," said Serpone. "I'm happy that he had a hat trick today but I've honestly been so impressed with his defensive pressure and tenacity since the beginning of the season. He plays hard every moment and when you're that focused and talented, good things happen."
Hamilton's best chance to thwart the Mammoths' third shutout in four games came in the 57th minute as Jose Torres' attempt to set up an Aidan Wood header forced Bernie White '22 to punch the ball away from the goal line and onto the foot of Spencer Royal at the top of the box. Looking to seize the opportunity, Royal launched a shot towards the open net, but a big defensive play by Andrew Barkidjija '22 kept the home team scoreless as Barkidjija headed the ball to safety.
In between the pipes, White (4-0) recorded three saves for Amherst in the winning effort in 82:12, while Will Dunne '20 went uncontested in 7:48 in relief. Thomas Benson (1-3) took the loss for Hamilton, making four stops on the day.
Giammattei led all players with five shots on target, while the Mammoths owned the advantage in shots (14-12) and shots on goal (8-4) and were whistled for 20 fouls. The Continentals were called for 18 infractions in the contest, while both sides were awarded four corner kicks.