WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – Cutler Coleman '20 netted the equalizer at the 50:53 mark, but neither side could find the back of the goal in the final 60 minutes as the Amherst College men's soccer team and Williams College battled to a 1-1 double overtime draw Saturday afternoon at Cole Field.
"I was happy about how we battled back from down a goal," said head coach Justin Serpone. "We had a number of chances to win it...hit the crossbar and the post...but couldn't quite find it. We expect more than a draw but there were some positives that we'll take and get focused on Pine Manor. It's a quick turnaround."
With the draw, Amherst moves to 1-1-1 on the year and to 1-1-1 in conference action, while Williams moves to 3-1-1 overall (2-1-1 NESCAC). Amherst returns to the field tomorrow, Sunday, Sept. 24 when they battle Pine Manor in a non-conference bout at 11 a.m.
Williams took an early lead in the rivalry match, with Malcolm Singleton giving the Ephs a 1-0 edge at the 15:09 mark. Finding Andrew Mathew's long throw-in near the six-yard box, Singleton drove a shot over the goal line.
Evening the contest at 1-1 five minutes into the second half, Coleman notched his first score of the year at the 50:53 mark. Earning a corner kick, Coleman teamed up with Gabe Gitler '21, heading his kick past the Ephs' keeper and into the nylon.
Amherst out shot Williams 6-1 in the two overtime periods, but was unable to slide a shot past Bobby Schneiderman as the physical matchup ended in a 1-1 tie.
"All in all, it was a really good college soccer game," continued Serpone. "Both teams fought hard and made it another enjoyable Amherst- Williams game."
- In between the pipes, Lee Owen '18 made two stops for Amherst in 45:00, while Kofi Hope-Gund '21 (0-0-1) recorded three saves in 65:00 in relief. Schneiderman (2-1-1) registered six saves for the Ephs in the draw.
- Amherst owned the advantage in shots and corner kicks, 17-14 and 11-2, respectively.
- Hlinomaz led the Mammoths with four shots, while Coleman took three shots.
- Malcolm Singleton took a game-high five shots, including four on target, while Kyle Brady added two shots for the Ephs.