Perry's Goal Lifts Amherst Men's Soccer Past Bates, 1-0
September 15, 2001
Perry missed most of the first half after butting heads with Bates' junior defender Jeff Critchlow (Carlisle, MA) in front of the Bobcat goalmouth. Both players walked off the field under their own power and didn't return until after the break. Critchlow sustained a gash on that back of the head that required several stitches, but managed to return at the 51-minute mark.
Sophomore forward Tim Canon (Easthampton, MA) set up the deciding tally with a nifty pass to Perry, who played the ball off his chest and sent a right-footed blast over Bates senior goalkeeper Dan Spector (Framingham, MA). It was Perry's second goal in as many games. He led the Jeffs in scoring with eight goals in 2000, en route to NESCAC Rookie of the Year honors.
The Jeffs controlled the ball throughout, limiting Bates to just four shots, while defenders Ryan Goodband (Needham, MA) and Brad Coffey (Yarmouth, MA) kept the Bobcats in check the few times they managed to cross into Amherst territory. Senior goalkeeper Bill Orum (Greenwich, CT) was flawless in goal and needed just one save to notch his first shutout of the season.
Meanwhile on offense, Amherst had a bevy of legitimate scoring opportunities despite the absence of senior forward David Michener (Eden Prairie, MN) and senior midfielder Adrian Talbott (Washington, DC), both sidelined due to preseason injuries. Junior midfielder Carlo Valdesolo (Andover, MA) nearly put the Jeffs on top 25:42 into the game with a shot toward the top of the goal, but was turned away by a spectacular leaping save by Spector. Canon almost connected off a throw-in from Coffey on the ensuing possession, but just missed the net wide left as the game remained scoreless.
Bates managed to threaten just before halftime when junior midfielder Nick MacInnis (Andover, MA) sent a corner kick into the Amherst box that nearly found the foot of sophomore midfielder Anthony Silva (Salem, MA), but Canon averted the threat with a well timed header.
In the second half, Amherst junior midfielder Chris Kane (Marblehead, MA) just missed cracking the scoring column with a header of his own off a crossing pass from sophomore forward Jeff Cantwell (Randolph, NJ). Canon and Valdesolo also posted near misses shortly after Perry's game-winner, as did junior midfielder Patrick Garvey (Suffield, CT).
Newcomer Andrew Syfu (Hobart, IN) played a key role in the Amherst victory, repeatedly helping the Jeffs retain possession and sending a wealth of well placed passes into the Bobcats' zone. Coffey was similarly impressive, as the Jeffs used his long-range throw-ins as an offensive weapon time and time again.
Amherst improved to 2-0 on the season with its second straight conference win, while Bates fell to 0-1 with the loss in its season-opener. The game was preceded by a collective moment of silence as both school's field hockey and men's and women's soccer teams gathered and joined hands on a centrally located field, in light of this week's tragic events in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.
Amherst returns to action this Wednesday at 4 p.m. against visiting non-conference rival Babson College. Bates hosts St. Joseph's College, also Wednesday at 4 p.m.