Amherst, Mass. - Senior Spencer Noon scored a pair of goals to help spark the Amherst College Lord Jeffs to a 6-0 win over the visiting Trinity College Bantams in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) men's soccer action this afternoon on Hitchcock Field. Trinity falls to 5-2-3 overall and 3-2-2 in the NESCAC, while Amherst, ranked No. 1 in New England and No. 2 in the nation, improves to 9-0-1 overall and 5-0-1 in the league.
Nine different Jeffs factored into the scoring, with Max Fikke and Gabriel Wirz each chipping in with a goal and an assist, and Ben Norton handed out a pair of helpers. Amherst finished with a 14-4 shot advantage, while both teams managed to take seven corners. Bantam sophomore goalkeeper Jason Katz (Middleton, Mass.) made one save in the loss, while first-year counterpart Thomas Bull made a pair of stops.
Cutting toward the middle, Fikke moved to the top of the 18 before ripping a low shot that got blocked down by a Bantam defender. Sneaking behind the Trinity defense, Noon got a toe on the loose ball, slotting the game’s first marker into the right corner 8:13 after the opening whistle. Just 2:57 later, Amherst added to its tally, making good on its second corner of the afternoon. Serving the ball to the left of the 18-yard box from the right flag, Noon found Norton, who headed a pass back across the face of the goal. Winning it in the air, Wirz flicked it into the path of an oncoming Fikke on the back post, who headed it in to make it 2-0.
With time running out in the first, the Jeffs won a throw in from the left sideline, and Milton Rico tracked down the loose ball on the edge of the 18 and ripped the volley into the upper left corner, extending the Amherst lead to three with seven seconds left in the half. Amherst scored three more times in the second half. Trinity's closest chance came in the 31st minute when junior forward John El-Hachem (Vernon, Conn.) shot low and to the left of Bull who quickly reached and made the save.