Amherst 4, Tufts 0

At Somerville, MA
Saturday, September 19, 2009

Game Box Score

SOMERVILLE -- The #2 Amherst College Lord Jeffs netted two goals in each half en route to a 4-0 win over the Tufts University Jumbos in NESCAC men's soccer action on Saturday afternoon at Kraft Field.

Amherst had early opportunities, but Tufts senior keeper Pat Tonelli (Andover, MA) made consecutive saves just two minutes into the match. Moments after a Lord Jeffs shot hit the cross bar, Amherst would tally its first goal on a shot by first-year Spencer Noon (Farmington, CT), his third goal of the season, assisted by senior Matt Lewis (Wayland, MA) in the 16th minute.

The Lord Jeffs would add another with just seven minutes remaining in the half as first-year Jelani Rooks (Princeton, NJ) scored his first career goal. First-year Robert Gooden (Atlanta, GA) earned his first career point with an assist.

Amherst would pour it on in the second half as Tonelli initially stopped a header from Noon, but junior Chris Linsmayer (Denver, CO) would score on his own header to make it 3-0 Lord Jeffs in the 54th minute. The Lord Jeffs would score its fourth goal with under seven minutes remaining on Gooden's unassisted tally.

Tonelli played the entire contest for Tufts in net, allowing the four goals on 11 shots, making three saves. Amherst sophomore keeper Lennard Kovacs (Wolfersdorf, Germany) went the distance and did not have to make a save on three Jumbo shots in the game.

Tufts, which has played three nationally-ranked opponents so far, remains winless on the season at 0-3 overall and 0-2 in NESCAC play. Amherst is now 2-0 in the NESCAC and 3-0 overall.

Tufts is back in action on Wednesday night at Springfield College for a 7 pm match. The Lord Jeffs will be at Connecticut College next Saturday afternoon.