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Men's Soccer Falls at Top-Ranked Williams, 2-1

October 13, 2001

Michael York '04
Sophomore Michael York's first-half throw-in resulted in a 1-0 Amherst lead
WILLIAMSTOWN, MA - The Amherst College men's soccer team jumped out to a 1-0 halftime lead on an unassisted goal by junior midfielder Chris Kane (Marblehead, MA) but couldn't hold off host Williams College in the second half, as the top ranked Ephs improved to 11-0 with a 2-1 victory Saturday in Williamstown.

Kane connected on his second goal of the season 21:11 into the game for a 1-0 Amherst lead that would last into the 51st minute. Amherst sophomore defender Michael York (Natick, MA) launched the ball to the opposite side of the 18-yard box on a throw-in that Williams' sophomore Ryan Olsen attempted to clear with a header. Olsen's header was collected by Kane, however, who trapped the ball on his knee, set himself and sent a blast into the upper right-hand corner of the goal that rendered Williams goalkeeper Robbie Kirsher helpless.

With the Ephs in desperate need of a lift, junior Alex Blake finally cracked the scoring column at 51:44, when a scramble ensued in the box with both teams trying to gain control of the loose ball. Williams' senior Ted Giannacopoulos redirected the ball to Blake as it seemed headed for the hands of Amherst goaltender Bill Orum (Greenwich, CT). Blake managed to nudge the ball into the net off a volley to even the score at 1-1.

The game would remain tied until the 71st minute when Williams senior Josef Powell found Blake in the center of the field with a pass; Blake proceeded to shake off his defender, turn toward the goal and send a blast into the lower right-hand corner of the goal to give the Ephs a 2-1 lead.

With two goals on the day, Blake upped his season-total to 20 goals, which matches the single-season record for total goals that he set last season.

The Ephs will look to clinch sole possession of the NESCAC championship next Saturday, while Amherst, which fell to 5-2-2 overall and 3-2-2 in conference play with the loss, returns to action Monday at 4 p.m. against visiting non-league foe Wheaton College. A win next Saturday would extend Williams current undefeated streak to 50 consecutive games. The Ephs are 48-0-1 during that span.


Saturday, October 13, 2001

 

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Williams (11-0/7-0)

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Amherst (5-2-2/3-2-2)

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SCORING:
A - Chris Kane (unassisted) 21:11
W - Alex Blake (Ted Giannacopoulos) 51:44
W - Blake (Josef Powell) 70:15

GOALKEEPING:
W - Robbie Kirsher (90:00, 1 save, 1 GA)
A - Bill Orum (90:00, 2 saves, 2 GA)

SHOTS: W - 21; A - 7
CORNER KICKS: W - 8; A - 5