Amherst Holds On to Defeat Keene State
Lord Jeffs Dominate every facet in 2-1 victory
AMHERST, Massachusetts -- The Amherst College Lord Jeffs men's soccer team controlled the pace of the game throughout the afternoon and held on the beat the visiting Keene State College Owls in the First Round of the Men's NCAA Soccer Tournament Wednesday afternoon at Amherst. The Jeffs got on the board first in the opening frame when Brian Angelini (Granada Hills, CA) lofted a free kick over the heads of the Owl defenders and set the table for a Stephen Squillario (Randolph, NJ) goal. The score remained 1-0 through the half until the Owls struck back. On one of their only real offensive rushes of the day, Amherst was penalized with a hand ball inside the circle. Keene State backer Gerry Boggis looped the free-kick over the wall into the upper left corner of the net. The momentum shifted for a moment-- but only a moment. Amherst stormed back and answered the Owl score just a two minutes later. Off a throw deep in the Keene State zone, Amherst backer Mike Grant (Mendon, MA) took the ball out of the crowd and punched it past the diving Owl goalkeeper. The Jeffs controlled the flow of the game from that point forth and hung on for the 2-1 victory.
The Lord Jeffs (13-2) advance into the NCAA New England Regionals where they will face Plymouth State (16-0-2) in Plymouth, New Hampshire, this Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m.
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