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Men’s Soccer Comes Up Short in NESCAC Quarterfinal at No. 1 Amherst

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

AMHERST, Mass. – The Wesleyan men's soccer team (6-7-3) saw its NESCAC title run come up short on Saturday at No. 1 Amherst (14-0-2). In the Cardinals' first appearance in the NESCAC Tournament since 2015, the eighth-seeded squad fell to the top-seeded Mammoths 2-0.  

"We came out in the first half strong," stated head coach Geoff Wheeler. "Amherst has a very talented team with strong attacking players and unfortunately, we were unable to capitalize on our chances. I was proud of how we competed today against the top-ranked team in the country."

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Amherst opened the scoring with 30:40 expired after a throw-in by Bryce Johnson. A Wesleyan defender attempted to clear the ball out, but Dane Lind one-timed it into the back of the net for the 1-0 edge.
  • Wesleyan's best chance for the equalizer came with 45 seconds remaining in the first stanza. Mason Davisson turned on his defender and chipped a shot towards the Mammoth goal, but goaltender Bernie White was there to thwart the chance and preserve the one-goal lead heading into intermission.
  • Out of the break, Amherst looked to double its lead at the 47:38 mark. Lind rifled a shot from just outside the 18, but Cardinal goaltender Liam Devanny punched the ball up and over the top to deny the chance.
  • The Mammoths increased their lead with 53:39 expired when Lind one-timed a cross by German Giammattei as Amherst topped Wesleyan 2-0.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Devanny made 10 saves in goal for the Cardinals, while White stopped five for the Mammoths.
  • Wesleyan held a 5-2 advantage in corners, while Amherst held a 21-15 edge in shots.