PLYMOUTH, N.H. The pairings are now set
for the NCAA Division III New England men's soccer regional to be held
this weekend at Plymouth State College.
Top-seeded Plymouth State (16-0-2) will face
fourth-seeded Amherst College (13-2) Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at Panther
Field, with second-seeded Middlebury College (13-1) battling third-seeded
Williams College (14-1) in the other semi-final Saturday at 1:30 p.m. (or
30 minutes following the conclusion of the first game). The two semi-final
winners will meet Sunday at 12:00 noon at Panther Field for the New England
Amherst advanced past the opening round Wednesday
with a 2-1 victory over Keene State College in Amherst, Mass. The Lord
Jeffs controlled the pace of the game throughout the afternoon and held
on for the first round win. Amherst 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.
Williams also advanced Wednesday with a 2-0 win
over Bowdoin College in Williamstown, Mass.
Wednesday's verdict sets up a rematch of last
year's regional final, when Amherst knocked off Plymouth State 3-2 at Bowdoin.
Amherst went on to the Division III Final Four before being eliminated
by the College of New Jersey, 2-1. To read more about the 1997 Regional
Final match between Amherst and Plymouth State, click
There were 319 schools eligible for the NCAA
Division III men's soccer tournament, and 40 received invitations in eight
regions. Wheaton College of Illinois is the defending national champion.