Defending champions Amherst defeat Anchormen in home opener
Number one ranked Amherst were quick to leave their mark last Wednesday when they faced Rhode Island College’s Men’s Soccer team. Less than four minutes into the game, Amherst junior Weller Hlinomaz scored what would be the first of four goals for the purple and white. In the 29th minute, Amherst added a second goal to their tally. Senior Andrew Orozco, of Coronado, CA, took control of a loose ball and then managed a pass to fellow senior Cameron Bean, Atlanta, GA, who in turn gifted it back to senior Bryce Ciambella, Ocala, FL. Ciambella fired the ball into the corner of the goal, giving Amherst their second goal of the game. Less than a minute later, Amherst senior Chris Martin, Philadelphia, PA, scored his team’s third goal of the game following an assist from classmate Forest Sisk, Sudbury, MA, nearly thirty minutes into the game. Martin’s goal closed out scoring for the rest of the first half, and Amherst walked off the field with a three goal advantage over their hosts, Rhode Island College.
When the second half opened, the Anchormen looked to take back the game from the purple and white. Looking refreshed, RIC managed to create several scoring opportunities at the start of the half—most notably an attempt from junior forward Komla Dogbey, Providence, RI. However, Dogbey’s attempt was blocked on a dive by Amherst junior goalkeeper Lee Owen, Hastings on Hudson, NY.
The 69th minute saw the scoring for the defending champions end after Freshman Dane Lind shot the ball from 25 yards out—making the score 4-0. 12 minutes later, the referee called for a foul against Amherst inside of the box. Senior Thomas Wampler, Attleboro, MA, put the Anchormen on the board and avoided a shutout with a successful penalty kick against Amherst’s Owen in net. Owen completed four stops in the win for the purple and white while senior Chris Moura, Rumford, RI, made eight saves in the defeat. Amherst finished with a slight edge, 16-14, in shots while the Anchormen led in corner kicks, 6-2.
In upcoming action, the Anchormen will host Regis College on Saturday, September 10th at 1 p.m.