Amherst boys soccer disappointed after tying Minnechaug

For the Gazette
Published: 9/19/2019 10:28:21 PM
Modified: 9/19/2019 10:28:09 PM

AMHERST — The Amherst Regional and Minnechaug boys soccer teams played to a 1-1 tie Thursday afternoon.

“We see this as a loss,” Amherst midfielder Brayan Rivas Martinez said. “We have to move on from this.”

Amherst (2-1-2) got on the board first in the 16th minute when Rivas Martinez blasted a shot from right in front of the net through Minnechaug keeper Frank Gulluni’s hands to make it 1-0.

Rivas Martinez had just been hauled down and fouled, paving the way for a free kick taken by Liam Carpenter-Shulman.

“I like to put it on the back post from that distance,” said Carpenter-Shulman of taking the free kick. “Evan (Perry) got his head on it, put it back in and dropped it to Brayan’s foot and he just knocked it in. Kind of a bouncing play, lucky bounce, but worked out well for us.”

The Hurricanes carried momentum from the goal through most of the first half but Amherst coach Mike Rudd knew Minnechaug (1-2-4) would answer.

“I don’t put much stock in a first goal at this level because they’re long games,” said Rudd. “Anything can happen. First goal is always nice to score, but it was too early to celebrate anything.”

He was proven right.

Things began to change at the start of the second half. Amherst starting goalkeeper Lucas Morales-Fernandez left the game with an injury and Marwan Eldanasoury came in to relieve him.

In the 49th minute, the Falcons capitalized when Nathan Dunn put home a corner kick from Jack Pszeniczny to tie the game.

“We didn’t do a good enough job marking our men and they got to it first,” said Carpenter-Shulman of the goal. “That’s part of them being hungrier for 50-50 balls and just wanting it a little bit more than us tonight.”

Despite some solid scoring chances by the Hurricanes late in the match, they couldn’t net the go-ahead goal.

“I think that we have to step back a little bit and it’s on me to figure out how to make us play at the level that I think we can play at,” said Rudd. “Right now, we’re struggling to do that but the team has a lot of potential.”


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