Men's soccer season ends in NESCAC quarterfinals
The Hamilton College Continentals, making their first appearance in the NESCAC postseason tournament, ended their season with a 4-1 loss against top-seeded and nationally ranked No. 1 Amherst College in a quarterfinal match played at Amherst’s Hitchcock Field on Saturday.
The Lord Jeffs (13-0-2 overall) advance to face fifth-seeded Bowdoin College in next Saturday’s semifinals. Amherst extended its unbeaten streak to 35 games, a stretch that includes a 1-1 tie at Hamilton last month in the teams’ regular-season meeting.
The Continentals (5-7-3) won three of their last four regular-season games, including a 2-1 upset at Williams College on Wednesday, en route to clinching the program’s first NESCAC championship bid since joining the conference for soccer in 2011. Hamilton played Amherst to a scoreless tie in the first half despite being outshot 9-1. The Lord Jeffs owned a 23-4 advantage in shots for the game.
Amherst’s Greg Singer '16 broke the scoreless tie 2:23 into the second half, scoring on a diving header off a pass from Nico Pascual-Leone '16. Christopher Martin ’17 scored a pair of goals 13:30 apart and the Lord Jeffs pulled away midway through the second half. Brendan Caslin '17 and Julien Aoyama '14 assisted on Martin's goals.
Andrew Orozco '17 put the Lord Jeffs up 4-0 at the 77:14 mark. Orozco headed in a ball that had been volleyed off a corner kick to Elliot Cassutt '17, who picked up the assist with a header.
Ben Yudysky '14 scored Hamilton’s goal on a penalty kick in the 85th minute for his first collegiate points. Yudysky is the first Continental to convert a penalty kick in 43 games, dating back to the 2010 Liberty League semifinals.
Harris Pollack ’17 made five saves in goal for Hamilton and matched his season-high total for a regulation game. Thomas Bull '16 needed to make just one save for Amherst.