Middlebury

Amherst Tops Men's Soccer

September 23, 2012

Middlebury dropped its second game in as many days, falling to third-ranked Amherst 2-0 at home on Sunday. The Panthers (3-3, 1-3) return to action at Castleton on Tuesday, while the Jeffs (5-0, 3-0) visit Curry.

Amherst had a great opportunity in the 10th minute when Max Fikke broke in all alone after the Panther defense thought they had drawn him offside. Fikke’s shot went wide and the game remained scoreless.

The Jeffs got on the board at the 38:24 mark, when Julien Aoyama crossed the ball from the right side before Jae Heo delivered a header into the back of the net.

Amherst looked to increase its lead in the 59th minute when Spencer Noon found Milton Rico with a crossing pass, but his quick shot on goal hit the crossbar.

Middlebury answered with a pair of corners in the 63rd and 68th minutes, but could not earn the equalizer.

Amherst gained a comfortable 2-0 advantage at the 81:56 mark, as Noon hit James Mooney with a crossing pass, as his shot deflected in off a Middlebury defender.

Amherst finished with a 9-2 advantage in shots, with the intense battle showing 18 Amherst fouls and 13 on the Panthers.

Thomas Bull was forced to make no saves to earn the shutout, while Zach Abdu-Glass made three stops for Middlebury.

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