AMHERST, Mass. – After entering the afternoon undefeated through 11 matches, the Connecticut College men's soccer team was dealt a 1-0 setback by No. 9 Amherst on Tuesday at Hitchcock Field.
With the teams battling through a scoreless deadlock into the early evening hours, Amherst scored the golden goal in the eighth minute of overtime when an attempt by Kieran Bellew ricocheted off a Camel defender and took a Mammoth bounce into the back of the net. The unconventional play and marker for the hosts resulted in Connecticut College suffering just its first loss of the season.
The teams played a scoreless first half in which Amherst (6-1-2, NESCAC 3-1-2) outshot the visitors by an 11-4 margin and had a 5-0 advantage in corner kick opportunities. Freshman goalkeeper A.J. Marcucci (West Chester, Pa.), however, made eight saves to keep the Camels in the match.
The Mammoths continued to earn more scoring opportunities at the beginning of the second half. Sebastian Derby nearly put the hosts on the board when he received a short pass from Cutler Coleman, who stole the ball from the Camel defense, and rifled a hard shot at Marcucci. His attempt, however, hit off the crossbar and the ball got cleared away after an ensuing corner kick. Jimmy McMillian then made his way towards the net on a breakaway against Marcucci in the 70th minute, and the freshman once again came through with a kick save to keep the match tied at 0-0.
Connecticut College also had chances over the course of the second half and nearly scored in the final minutes of regulation. But despite earning opportunities, the teams headed to overtime after a Christian Murphy (Newport News, Va.) rocket from the right side was saved by a diving Michael Stone. The stop gave Amherst a jolt heading into overtime before eventually earning three important points in the NESCAC standings on an own goal.
Stone picked up the victory between the pipes by redirecting four shots in a relief role for Amherst, which had a 19-9 advantage in total shots and attempted nine of the match's 10 corner kicks. Camel netminder Marcucci matched his career high with 11 saves in the losing effort.
Connecticut College (8-1-3, NESCAC 4-1-3) will wrap up non-conference play when it visits Endicott on Friday, Oct. 13 at 6:00 p.m.