Middlebury

Men's Soccer Blanked At Amherst

October 10, 2009

Middlebury suffered a 3-0 NESCAC road loss at Amherst, as the Jeffs improve to 6-2-0 (3-2-0 NESCAC). The Panthers fall to 4-3-2 (1-2-2 NESCAC) with the loss and will host Castleton State on Wednesday.

Amherst opened the day's scoring as Chris Devine knocked down a long entry pass with a flick of his head. Spencer Noon was set free by the re-direction, and smashed home a one-time shot past Panther goalie Tim Cahill.

The first half came to a close without another score, and Amherst holding just a 4-3 edge in shots at the break. The Jeffs had a 4-2 advantage in corner kicks in the frame, while 21 fouls and one card were issued before halftime.

Early in the second half, Middlebury increased its pressure on the Amherst defense, as the Lord Jeffs struggled to connect passes. However, in the 58th minute, Amherst scored a second goal, this time against the run of play. Noon broke down the left side of the Middlebury 18-yard box, froze one Panther defender and whipped a perfect cross into a streaking Ian Rothkopf for a header inside the six.

With just under 22 minutes to play, Rothkopf set up another Amherst goal, putting the Jeffs up 3-0 and sealing the result. Robert Gooden carried the ball up the left side and found Rothkopf in the middle of the pitch. The Amherst midfielder squared a pass to his right for James Mooney to run onto and strike one time off the bottom of the crossbar and in from 30 yards out.

Three minutes later, Middlebury forward Zach Smith found the ball at his feet during a broken play at the top of the Amherst 18-yard box. Smith turned to fire on net as goalie Lennard Kovacs was off his line, but the Amherst stopper was up to the test and made the save.

Kovacs finished the day with four saves to preserve the shutout win, his second straight and fifth of the season. Cahill made four saves in net for Middlebury, who gave up three goals for the first time in 2009.