Sept. 15, 2001  

Contact: Adam Levin
Phone: (207) 786-6411


Amherst 1, Bates 0
at Amherst, Mass.

Amherst (2-0, 2-0 NESCAC)   0   1   1
Bates (0-1, 0-1 NESCAC)     0   0   0

A, Franklin Perry (Tim Canon), 61:28.

B, Dan Spector, 90 MIN, 1 GA, 8 SV. 
A, Bill Orum, 90 Min, 0 GA, 1 SV.

Shots: A, 12-4.
Corner Kicks: A, 9-4.


AMHERST, Mass. -- Amherst College sophomore forward Frank Perry (Hartford, Conn.) rebounded from a violent first-half collision to score the game-winning goal 16:28 into the second half, as the Jeffs' men's soccer team edged the visiting Bates College Bobcats 1-0 in the Bobcats' season opener today.

Perry missed most of the first half after butting heads with Bates' junior defender Jeff Critchlow (Carlisle, Mass.) in front of the Bobcat goalmouth. Both players walked off the field under their own power and didn't return until after the break. Critchlow sustained a gash on that back of the head that required several stitches, but managed to return at the 51-minute mark.

Amherst sophomore forward Tim Canon (Easthampton, Mass.) set up the deciding tally with a nifty pass to Perry, who played the ball off his chest and sent a right-footed blast over Bates senior goalkeeper Dan Spector (Framingham, Mass.).

Bates threatened just before halftime when junior midfielder Nick MacInnis (Andover, Mass.) sent a corner kick into the Amherst box that nearly found the foot of sophomore midfielder Anthony Silva (Salem, Mass.), but Canon averted the threat with a well timed header.

Spector made eight saves in the loss, while Ameherst senior goalkeeper Bill Orum (Greenwich, Conn.) needed just one save to notch his first shutout of the season. With the win, Amherst improved to 2-0 on the season with its second straight conference win, while Bates fell to 0-1 with the loss in its season-opener. The game was preceded by a collective moment of silence as both school's field hockey and men's and women's soccer teams gathered and joined hands on a centrally located field, in light of this week's tragic events in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.

(taken from an Amherst College press release)

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