NCAA TOURNAMENT

NEW ENGLAND REGIONALS

 

AMHERST vs. PLYMOUTH STATE

Saturday, November 14

11:00 a.m.

at Plymouth State

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 regional crown.
 
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 here.
 
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.
 
Amherst Schedule and Results
Amherst Statistics
 
Plymouth State Schedule and Results
Plymouth State Statistics