Waterville, Maine - The Colby College Men's Soccer team dropped a tense up and down game to #1 Amherst College Saturday afternoon. Amherst stays undefeated at 11-0-2 and will likely maintain their #1 ranking in the NCAA Div III United Soccer Coaches Poll. Colby falls to 5-5-3 and eyes an important upcoming match with in-state rival Bowdoin College later this week.
Colby welcomed the Mammoths to Mayflower Hill with an early goal by Ethan Fabricant (cover photo) four minutes into play. Fabricant is the Mules' leading goal scorer this year and tallied his seventh when he fielded a forward pass and avoided two defenders en route to a one on one with the NESCAC's top goal keeper, Bernie White. White has a save percentage of .905 and Amherst boasts 6 shutouts on the year. Today would not be number seven.
Amherst answered back six minutes later when Dane Lind scored off an assist from German Giammattei. Giammattei (34) and Lind (17) sit atop the NESCAC leader board for points, first and second respectively.
While the remainder of regulation remained scoreless, both teams showed their strengths and tried to exploit their opponent's weaknesses. Amherst is fast to the ball and moves extremely well without it. Split-second decisions resulted in frequent opportunities at Colby's deffensive end, which is where the Mammoths ran into Colby's strength. Colby defends the box with force, rellying on defenders Kevin Traore and Graham Pugh to be physical and body up opponents. First year Jayde Franklin (photo inset) also got the start on defense and was often the first point of challenge on the wing. Both teams brought a physical style of play and battled through regulation knotted 1-1.
Amherst led in shots 14-3 and corner kicks 7-2, and it was the latter that led to the winning talley. Giammattei fed in a perfect bending corner that Colby defenders tried to adjust for and punch away, but the ball ricocheted off a shoulder and into the net.
Colby travels to Brunswick to face the Polar Bears this coming Wednesday. Game time is scheduled for 3:00 PM.