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Amherst pounces on men's soccer for 5-0 victory

David Wood '12 and Bates men's soccer will look for their second conference victory on Saturday at home against Wesleyan.

LEWISTON, Maine -- Amherst College shrugged off its first loss of the season with a 5-0 NESCAC men's soccer victory at Bates College on Tuesday afternoon.

Bates (3-6-1, 1-4-1 NESCAC) plays host to Wesleyan on Saturday at 11 a.m. Follow the game live from Russell Street Field, via video streaming.

The Lord Jeffs (6-1-3, 2-1-3 NESCAC) got on the scoreboard quickly, as sophomore Spencer Noon (Farmington, Conn.) converted a penalty kick less than two minutes into the game. A Bates player was assessed a yellow card in the Bates penalty area when he took down an Amherst forward on the Jeffs' first scoring threat. Noon scored his team-high eighth goal with a penalty kick tucked into the low right corner of the Bates net, beyond the reach of Bates junior goalie Greg Watts (West Chester, Pa.).

Amherst added two more goals in the opening 13 minutes to blow the game open early. With 38:28 still left in the first half, junior James Mooney (Princeton, N.J.) glanced an Amherst free kick by Sam Kaplan (Brunswick, Maine) off of his head and straight to a waiting Julien Aoyama (Narberth, Pa.), who volleyed solidly into the Bates net for a 2-0 lead. Eight minutes later, with 32:01 left, Mooney collected the ball outside the Bates box, dribbled in and pushed it past Watts from about 10 yards away to make it 3-0.

Noon tallied his ninth goal of the season with 22:16 left in the game, cleverly glancing a free ball by Kaplan kicked from near midfield off of the back of his head from about 15 yards away. The ball looped over an advancing Watts and into the net. Amherst cashed in one more time with 19:09 left in the game, as sophomore Casey McNamara (Montclair, N.J.) cleaned up on the rebound of a Watts save.

Amherst outshot Bates by a 22-11 margin, with the Bobcats achieving several scoring chances in the second half but misfiring on volley attempts by the likes of sophomore John Murphy (Yarmouth, Maine), sophomore Ryan March (Concord, N.H.) and junior David Wood (Contoocook, N.H.).

Watts made eight saves before getting relieved by junior Brian Goldberg (New York, N.Y.), who made three saves over the final 19 minutes of the game. Amherst junior keeper Lennard Kovacs (Wolfersdorf, Germany) made one save in a shared shutout with backup sophomore Brandon Saldana (Garden City, N.Y.), who played goal for the final 13:20.

Stats and Play by Play: Amherst 5, Bates 0