Amherst Regional knocks off undefeated Longmeadow, 3-1, in boys soccer

For the Gazette
Thursday, October 12, 2017

AMHERST — The Amherst Regional boys soccer team ended Longmeadow’s undefeated season with a 3-1 win in a physical game Thursday.

Amherst (10-4-0) put itself back in contention in the Smith League at 3-2-0. Longmeadow (11-1-1) and Ludlow are both 3-1-1 in the Smith.

“We played (Longmeadow) early on in the season and I thought they absolutely dominated us,” Amherst coach Michael Rudd said. “Tonight is a great marker for us to show just how far we have come as a team.”

The Hurricanes’ fans were in high energy when Victor Wellman scored the first goal off a series of headers from Tate Rietkerk with 10 minutes, 2 seconds left in the first half.

In the second half, Amherst’s Theo Scott made it 2-0 with 31:33 left after a shot hit the post and went into the net behind Longmeadow goalie Tomoaki Mitsuhashi.

Longmeadow answered when Joseph Cardaropoli scored on a breakaway to cut the deficit in half.

Not even 20 seconds after Cardaropoli scored, Amherst pushed the lead back to two goals with a shot by Paolo Schultz-Lyra off a pass by Marshall Hanke.

The rest of the game was physical. Longmeadow’s Spencer Robbins was dealt a yellow card after an altercation with one of the Amherst midfielders.

Both goalies, Mitsuhashi for Longmeadow and Lucas Morales-Fernandez for Amherst, had 10 saves.

The Amherst defense helped shut down the passing attack for Longmeadow.