Connecticut College 4, #2 Amherst College 1
Camels Stun Second Ranked Lord Jeffs in Home Opener
NEW LONDON, Conn. --Connecticut College men´s soccer fans waited three weeks to watch the team on their beloved Green in the home opener. Saturday afternoon, head coach Kenny Murphy and the Camels (3-1, 2-1 NESCAC) awarded their patient followers with a stunning 4-1 victory against the second ranked team in the nation, the previously undefeated Amherst College Lord Jeffs (3-1, 2-1).
"This was a fantastic team effort today and a credit to the hard work of the guys," Murphy said. "The match-ups were definitely in their favor. But we were fortunate to run a play on them that worked and they had to chase the game from there."
Graham Christensen (Darien, Conn.) netted a pair of second half scores and Trevor Prophet (Nashua, N.H.) chipped in with a goal and an assist for the upstart Camels, who held a 21-to-19 advantage in shots. Sophomore striker Oscar Brown (Ridgefield, Conn.) contributed a first half goal in the triumph.
"We try to treat every game and every opponent the same way," Christensen said. "Scoring that first goal was a terrific feeling. Now, we are just looking to carry this momentum with us into the next game at UMass Dartmouth Tuesday."
The Camels opened the scoring in the 41st minute of play. Mike Crosby (Sudbury, Mass.) launched a rocket of a throw in all the way across the field into the center of the scoring box. Prophet was able to get a head on the ball and leave it at the far post for Brown, who found the back of the net with the goal.
The Camels extended the lead to two in the 81st minute. Christensen was able to collect a rebound off a shot in traffic and score the first goal of his collegiate career. Later on with 4:45 remaining, Christensen added some insurance for the hosts. Freshman Nick Maghenzani (Allendale, N.J.) rifled a cross from 35 yards out all the way across the box. Christensen was able to chip in a one-timer at the far post to make it a 3-0 lead.
Amherst finally broke through in the 86th minute when Spencer Noon (Farmington, Conn.) put in his team-leading fourth goal of the season.
But Prophet added an insurance goal in the 88th minute and the Camels had more than enough to hold on for the 4-1 victory.
Senior net-minder Alex Martland (Marblehead, Mass.) made eight saves in the victory for the Camels. Lennard Kovacs (Wolfersdorf, Germany) had 15 saves in the setback.
Connecticut College will visit UMass Dartmouth this Tuesday afternoon for a 4:15 p.m. game in North Dartmouth, Mass.
Amherst will visit Springfield College Wednesday night for a 7:00 p.m. game in Springfield, Mass.
September 26, 2009