September 17, 2019

Nor'easter News - Week 3

By Henry Loughlin

Recap of the Week

While the top few teams are rolling along with perfect records, parity seems to be the word in the New England region. Tufts and Amherst appear to be the top two teams in the NESCAC, with both picking up big wins this weekend, and it appears more and more that their clash on October 12th will seemingly play a big role in home field advantage. Elsewhere in the NESCAC, Williams got back on the right track with a pair of big road wins, while Bowdoin and Middlebury battled to a 0-0 stalemate in the Maine rain. Elsewhere in the Pine Tree State, St. Joseph’s (ME) was held to a 1-1 draw with Norwich, and Connecticut College snuck a 1-0 win over a young Bates squad. And in other action, the NEWMAC and CCC appear to be two leagues that will go down to the wire, as no team has distinguished itself as the clear frontrunner. There will be some more clarity in the weeks to come, but, right now, it seems like a number of teams could compete for conference crowns.

Impressions

Amherst remains a perfect 4-0 after wins last week at home against Babson and on the road versus Hamilton. In the former game, Babson struck 14 minutes in through a nice goal on the break through Youcef Ziad, and made the advantage stand up through halftime. Shortly into the second half, however, Amherst equalized, as first-year Ada Okorogheye found his way through the Beavers defense. When Dane Lind scored with less than 13 minutes left, it seemed to be business as usual for Amherst, before Babson’s Mitchell Collins headed home off a scrum in the box, equalizing with 6:44 on the clock. The host Mammoths took home the win in overtime, however, as Okorogheye scored his second of the game in the extra session for the 3-2 victory. Saturday, on the road at Hamilton, German Giammattei notched a hat-trick, scoring two in the first half and a third right after the interval for a 3-0 win. The Mammoths have a number of tough games on the calendar, including a trip to rival Williams — who, last year, defeated the Ephs for the first time in five years — on the 28th, as well as a home contest against Tufts on October 12th. As evidenced by Tuesday’s result, Amherst has had to come through the fire already, suggesting that they...

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Nor'easter News

 

Nor'easter News provides coverage of Division III men's soccer throughout the New England region, home to the NESCAC, one of the nation's strongest and deepest conferences, as well as the NEWMAC, CCC, LEC and others. Each week the more significant results of the previous week are discussed, along with impressions and analysis, followed by the selection of a game to keep an eye on in the week ahead.

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Henry Loughlin

Henry Loughlin is a Brandeis University graduate (2014, Politics & American Studies) and has enjoyed watching Division III soccer for the past six years as a student and alumnus. Though a writer by trade, his interest in numbers and statistical analysis makes soccer writing and commentary a favorite pastime. [see full bio]

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