This Weekend’s Action in Men’s Soccer

Happenings from this weekend in D3 Men’s Soccer

Gettysburg’s Patrick Santini found the net four times in the Bullets’ upset over Haverford (Gettysburg Athletics photo)

Four Goals by Santini lift Gettysburg over No. 23 Haverford

Senior Patrick Santini (Cos Cob, Conn./Greenwich) erupted for a career-high four goals, tying a school record with his third career hat trick as the Gettysburg College men’s soccer team defeated 23rd-ranked Haverford 4-1 in Centennial Conference (CC) action Saturday evening at Clark Field.

The win was Gettysburg’s first over the Fords since 2013 and marked the Bullets’ first victory over a nationally-ranked opponent since a 3-2 win at No. 18 Johns Hopkins on Oct. 28, 2009.

Santini posted his second hat trick this season and has now racked up a Centennial Conference-leading 13 goals. His four tallies were one shy of the school record and marked the first four-goal performance by a Bullet since Chris Pryor ’00 also scored four versus Washington College on Sept. 18, 1999.

Santini, who entered the night tied for 12th in Division III in goals per game (1.13) becomes the fourth Bullet to net three career hat tricks, with Pryor being the last. Santini also scored three goals in a 3-0 win over Washington this season and in a 5-1 victory at McDaniel in last year’s season finale.

Freshman Jonathan Molina (Adelphi, Md./DeMatha Catholic) assisted on two goals for the Bullets (7-2, 3-1 CC), who held an 11-9 advantage in shots. The tightly-officiated match included 40 fouls and six yellow cards, with five called against the Fords.

Defensively, the Bullets allowed just four shots on goal while holding an opponent to less than two goals for the seventh time this season. Senior Max Karen (Huntington, N.Y./Elwood-John Glen) made three saves to earn the win in goal for Gettysburg.

Haverford (6-2-2, 1-2-1 CC) struck first when Nicholas Montgomery scored on a free kick in the third minute. But Santini and the Bullets came storming back with two goals over the next 10 minutes. Santini tied it in the ninth minute when he drilled in a penalty kick – his second of the season – before punching in what held up as the game-winning goal in the 13th minute. Molina chipped a pass from the left side to Santini, who from the middle of the box ripped a shot inside the left post.

Gettysburg pushed its lead to 3-1 in the 34th minute, when freshman Sam Lerman (Wayzata, Minn./Field School) delivered a perfect cross from deep in the right wing. It found Santini on the left post, and he headed it high into the net for the hat trick.

Each side earned several scoring opportunities over the remainder of the half, with Haverford gaining three corner kicks and the Bullets picking up two corners. But Karen saved the lone shot on goal over the stretch, snatching away a header on the second of two consecutive corner kicks and Gettysburg carried a two-goal lead into halftime.

Santini concluded his big night in the 55th minute. Molina delivered a pass from the left post to the middle of the box where Santini rifled a shot into the right side of the net.

The rest of the half was largely controlled by the defense, with the two sides combining for just four shots. Karen made his final stop in the 85th minute on another header.

Jeremy Astesano started in goal for Haverford and made three saves while playing the opening 39 minutes and allowing the first three goals. Michael Iacono played the final 51 minutes and yielded one goal without making a save.

Gettysburg picks up its schedule on Wednesday, when it hosts Eastern at 7 p.m. in a non-conference outing.

Amherst upsets Tufts, 1-0

AMHERST, Mass. – In a league matchup that featured the last two NCAA Division III National Champions, the Mammoths came out on top, as a goal in the 62nd minute directed the Amherst College men’s soccer team past No. 3 Tufts University, 1-0 Saturday afternoon at Hitchcock Field.

“Tufts is a really good team,” said head coach Justin Serpone. “They are the champs for a reason. I thought they were dangerous all game today and our defense did a great job keeping them scoreless.”

With the win, Amherst improves to 3-1-1 on the season and to 2-1-1 in conference play, while Tufts falls to 6-1-1 on the year (3-1-1 NESCAC). Amherst returns to action tomorrow, Sunday, Oct. 1 when they host Rutgers-Newark beginning at 2 p.m.

“Tomorrow is going to be another hard match against a Top-10 team,” continued Serpone. “Rutgers- Newark is really talented and well coached so we’ll need a great effort to give ourselves a chance.”

Tanner Jameson nearly netted the first score of the contest in the 57th minute following a Gavin Tasker corner kick, but his header from the far side of the box rang off the crossbar.

Amherst tallied what proved to be the lone goal of the tilt with 28 minutes remaining on the clock, as a shot towards the net by the Mammoths deflected off a Tufts defender and over the goal line.

Looking to double the Mammoths’ lead less than three minutes later, Weller Hlinomaz ’18 sent a header on frame and past the Tufts’ netminder in the 64th minute, but the Jumbos’ backline came up with the clutch defensive save to keep it a one goal game.

The Jumbos threatened with two close calls at the 75:06 and 76:45 marks, as Dexter Eichhorst and Calvin Aroh each drove hard shots on target, but Kofi Hope-Gund ’21 stood strong and turned away both attempts.

Tufts final chance to net the equalizer came in the 84th minute, as Brett Rojas ripped a shot towards goal from the top left of the box, but his attempt sailed just wide as Amherst held the Jumbos without a shot in the final 5:48 of regulation to clinch the 1-0 victory.

“We’re a completely new group and we knew September was going to be a learning process for everyone involved,” noted Serpone. “Our goal is to keep getting better every game.”


  • In between the pipes, Hope-Gund (2-0-1) registered 10 stops for Amherst in the winning effort, while Conner Mieth (3-1-0) made three saves for Tufts in the loss.
  • The Jumbos owned a 22-8 advantage in shots in the matchup, while both sides earned six corner kicks.
  • Both teams were given two yellow cards, while Amherst finished with 10 fouls and Tufts logged eight infractions.
  • Hlinomaz led the Mammoths with five shots, while Rojas took five shots to lead the Jumbos.

SOURCE: Amherst Athletics Press Release

Penn State Berks wins 4th Straight with 6-0 win over Gallaudet

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Penn State Berks men’s soccer team received a strong defensive effort and were powered by a goal in both halves en route to a 2-0 shutout over Gallaudet University in Saturday afternoon’s North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) contest on Hotchkiss Field.

The Nittany Lions improve to 4-5-1 overall and 2-0-1 in the NEAC, while the Bison drop to 1-8 on the season and 1-2 in the conference.

Berks got on the scoreboard at the 28:52 mark of the first half after working a corner kick. Brenden Valverde made a short pass to Jon Mercier, who then sent a quick pass back to Valverde as he swung around the ensuing defenders. Valverde took a couple of dribbles and ripped a low liner past the keeper and just inside the near post for his 12th score of the season.

For the remainder of the opening period, the Nittany Lions had three more corner kicks and put one shot wide of the target, while Gallaudet managed two two corners and also had a shot go wide.

The Nittany Lions had 13 shots – six on goal – through 40+ minutes of action in the second half, but were not able to add to their lead. Finally, in the 88th minute, Berks netted an insurance goal when Valverde played a ball ahead to Cole Mays, who beat the keeper with a low shot into the far corner. The goal was the fifth of the year for Mays, which is the second most on the team.

Berks recorded 26 total shots with 11 going on goal, while the Bison were limited to only five shots (none on goal). Noah Means-Simonsen had nine saves in goal for the Bison, while Gerardo Sosa and Trent Johnson split time in net to share the shutout victory. The defensive unit of Tom Ulrich, Jakob Fischer, Galen Raab, and Brennan Scheetz did a phenomenal job of limiting the Bison offensive attack.

The Nittany Lions return to action with a trip to New York next weekend for a pair of NEAC contests. They will face Morrisville State College on Saturday, October 7 at 1 p.m., followed by SUNY Cobleskill on Sunday, October 8 at 12 p.m.

SOURCE: Penn State Berks Press Release

Sewanee Tops Berry for First Time

SEWANEE, Tenn. – In the ninth meeting all-time between these two schools, the Sewanee men’s soccer team made history Sunday, earning their first win against Berry in school history, defeating the Vikings, 1-0 from Puett Field in a Southern Athletic Association (SAA) matchup.

The Tigers found the offense in the 21st minute. After a Berry foul that gave the Tigers possession, Kyle Johnston found Johnny McNeill’s pass for his fifth goal of the season.

Following the goal, the Tigers defense stood tall against the Vikings (3-5-0, 0-2-0), who only had two shots on goal, both coming in the second half.

Will Merriman (5-5) recorded the clean sheet, saving the two shots on goal.

The Tigers hit the road to take on Birmingham-Southern Friday night to continue SAA play.

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SOURCE: Sewanee Athletics Press Release



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