Courtesy of Amherst Athletics
KEENE, N.H. – The Amherst College men's soccer team is set to return to the Third Round of the NCAA Championship for the 10th straight season, as the Mammoths shut out Ithaca College, 2-0, in the sides first meeting since 1997 Sunday afternoon at Dr. Ron Butcher Field.
The victory moves Amherst to 16-1-2 on the season, while Ithaca finishes its 2019 campaign with a 13-6-2 overall ledger. Advancing to the next round of play, the Mammoths will face off against Rowan (12-5-4) - who upset Mary Washington in the Second Round - next Saturday at home on Hitchcock Field. Opening kickoff is slated for 11 a.m.
Finding the back of the net twice in the first 35 minutes of action, the early production stood as the lone goals of the game as Amherst picked up its ninth shut out of the year and the program's 25th shut out in the national postseason to remain one of 16 teams left playing in Division III.
Converting on his third penalty kick of the season, German Giammattei potted his ninth game-winner in the 18th minute, sneaking his attempt from the dot past the Bombers' keeper following an Ithaca foul in the box.
Adding to the board before the intermission, Dane Lind hit nylon for the second time in as many games to give the Mammoths an insurance score with an assist from Sebastian Derby. Handling a cross from Derby just inside the box, Lind ripped a shot under the bar for his ninth goal of the fall.
Ithaca's best chance to avoid the clean sheet came with 19:46 remaining in regulation. Looking to capitalize off a corner kick, Brendan Lebitsch redirected the ball to an open Kevin Turi, however, his blast towards net went inches wide left.
Denying all four of the Bombers' shots on frame, sophomore Bernie White improved to 14-1-1 for the Mammoths, while Max Lichtenstein (12-6-2) made eight stops for Ithaca in his final contest for the visitors.
Improving its all-time NCAA Championship record to 31-11-11, Amherst will look to push past the Sweet 16 for the first time since their national title run in 2015 when its takes on Rowan as Sectional hosts next weekend.