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Amherst Handles Men's Soccer 5-0 in Little Three Match

Photo by Peter Stein '84
Photo by Peter Stein '84

Five different Purple & White players tallied a goal as the second-ranked Amherst men's soccer team shut out Little Three rival Wesleyan University, 5-0 Saturday afternoon on Hitchcock Field.

RECORDS

Amherst (14-0-0, 9-0-0 NESCAC)
Wesleyan (7-6-1, 3-5-1 NESCAC)

GAME HIGHLIGHTS

  • Andrew Orozco scored the game's only first half goal just 3:48 into play 
  • Nico Pascual-Leone '16 notched his team leading 11th goal of the season after drawing a foul in the box in the 58th minute of action and subsequently converting on the kick.  
  • Christopher Martin '17 made it a 3-0 contest five minutes later, collecting the pass from Forest Sisk'17 at the top of the box and rifling a shot into the top left corner of the net.
  • Amherst once again earned a penalty kick with 14:53 left on the clock. Using his body to outmaneuver a Wesleyan defender and gain inside position on a free kick, Cameron Bean '17 drew a foul inside the box. Tabbed to take the shot, senior Tommy Haskel took advantage of the opportunity and buried the shot.
  • Aziz Khan '18 scored the game's final goal in the 77th minute, one-touching the pass from Fisk into the top corner of the goal from just outside the goalie box.
  • The Purple & White held a 15-8 edge in shots in the outing, while Wesleyan tallied 5 corner kicks to Amherst's one.
  • Thomas Bull '16 registered six saves in win en route to recording his 12th clean sheet of the season. Pascual-Leone posted a perfect shots-on-goal percentage in the matchup, putting a game-leading three shots on frame.
  • Cardinal goalkeeper Brian Harnett made six saves in the loss, while Eric Jasinski recorded one save in 6:20 of action in a relief effort. Brandon Sousa took a team-high three shots for Wesleyan.  

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE

  • With the win today, Amherst claimed the Little Three title
  • The Purple & White's five goals were the most against the Cardinals since 1958, and the five-score differential was the biggest margin of victory since the rivalry began in 1924.

UP NEXT

  • Amherst travels to Hartford, Conn. on Wednesday, Oct. 28 to take on NESCAC opponent Trinity College in its regular season finale. The game is slated to begin at 3:00 p.m.
  • Wesleyan returns to action on Oct. 27 when they play Connecticut College in a NESCAC conference matchup beginning at 3:00 p.m.

(courtesy of Amherst Athletics)