Liam Carpenter-Shulman’s free kick in 78th minute lifts Amherst in draw with Longmeadow

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  • Aengus Cox, front, of Amherst Regional, moves the ball against Brad Moccro, of Longmeadow, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 at Amherst Regional High School. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Dylan Robson, left, of Amherst Regional, goes to a pass against Andrew Healy, of Longmeadow, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 at Amherst Regional High School. Evan Perry, left, and Levi Blinder look on. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Junior Pontes da Veiga, second from left, of Amherst Regional, passes amid Longmeadow defenders Jared Smith, left, and Liam Knalton, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 at Amherst Regional High School. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Zach Watson-Stevens, right, of Amherst Regional, moves the ball against Andrew Ortiz, of Longmeadow, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 at Amherst Regional High School. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Brayan Rivas Martinez, left, of Amherst Regional, moves the ball against Liam Knalton, of Longmeadow, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 at Amherst Regional High School. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • James Serhant, right, of Amherst Regional, heads the ball beside Aidan Bone, of Longmeadow, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 at Amherst Regional High School. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Dylan Robson, left, of Amherst Regional, and Mike Willis, of Longmeadow, race to the ball, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 at Amherst Regional High School. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Aengus Cox, center, of Amherst Regional, shoots between Longmeadow defenders Colin Achatz, left, and Luke Hornyak, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 at Amherst Regional High School. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Levi Blinder, right, of Amherst Regional, goes to a pass against Mike Willis, of Longmeadow, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 at Amherst Regional High School. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Liam Carpenter-Shulman, of Amherst Regional, scores with a free kick to tie his team's game against Longmeadow, Thursday. STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Liam Carpenter-Shulman, right, of Amherst Regional, and Liam Knalton, of Longmeadow, converge on the ball, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 at Amherst Regional High School. Brayan Rivas Martinez, left, and Andrew Ortiz look on. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Liam Carpenter-Shulman, of Amherst Regional, celebrates his goal against Longmeadow, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 at Amherst Regional High School. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Liam Carpenter-Shulman, left, of Amherst Regional, celebrates his goal against Longmeadow, with Marvin Duran, from left, Zach Watson-Stevens, and Evan Perry, Thursday at Amherst Regional. Lucas Morales-Fernandez approaches, background. Visit gazettenet.com for more photos. STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Marvin Duran, left, of Amherst Regional, passes over the head of Liam Knalton, of Longmeadow, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 at Amherst Regional High School. Marcos Sotarello looks on. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

Staff Writer
Published: 9/12/2019 10:51:05 PM

AMHERST — Liam Carpenter-Shulman mumbled “it’s mine, it’s mine” to himself as soon as the referee’s whistle blew.

The Amherst Regional boys soccer team earned a free kick 15 yards outside the penalty box straight on trailing Longmeadow by a goal in the 78th minute Thursday.

Carpenter-Shulman and Brayan Rivas Martinez stood over the ball and strategized. Amherst always puts both of them over the ball so the opponent doesn’t know who’s taking the kick.

Rivas Martinez took a free kick in the first half and asked Carpenter-Shulman if he wanted that one.

“I knew I wanted to take it,” Carpenter-Shulman said. “Usually we’re pretty diplomatic with those things.”

Rivas Martinez made a fake run over the ball that pulled Longmeadow keeper Billy Albano a couple steps to the right. That’s all the opening Carpenter-Shulman needed. He curved his shot around Longmeadow’s wall and into the bottom-right corner past a diving Albano for the equalizer.

“I took a couple more deep breaths and noticed where he was in the goal, knew I had technique down to curl it around,” Carpenter-Shulman said. “That one I knew was going in.”

Both teams had one more possession in the final two minutes, but neither broke the deadlock in a 1-1 draw.

It was the first goal Longmeadow (3-0-1, 2-0-1 Smith) allowed all season. The Lancers outscored their previous three opponents 10-0.

“Obviously better than losing,” Carpenter-Shulman said. “Then again, if you don’t win, you don’t win. We don’t come out to draw, we come out to win.”

In the 72nd minute, it looked like Amherst (1-0-1, 1-0-1) might lose. Liam Knoulton lofted a corner kick in to Mike Willis, who headed it past Lucas Morales-Fernandez for the game’s first goal.

“They got the corner off quicker than we were expecting,” Amherst junior defender Evan Perry said. “We left a man unmarked and he got to the ball.”

The Lancers capitalized on their best chance of the game. Perry and Wesky Killough-Hill kept the Hurricanes’ back line organized and vigilant as Longmeadow sent constant through balls to charging attackers.

“We’ve been practicing a lot about keeping a tight back line,” Perry said. “I’ve been playing (club) with their strikers for a long time. We saw when they were making runs, and we played the ball really well today.”

Morales-Fernandez bailed them out when they didn’t. He made seven saves to keep Longmeadow out of the net in open play.

The Lancers controlled much of the first half before Amherst settled in. The Hurricanes made headway up the right side of the field playing through Rivas Martinez, Junior Pontes da Veiga and Marvin Duran. Duran regularly sauced defenders in front of Amherst’s student section, dribbling around the Lancers and keeping possession.

“Marvin is a fearless player and believes in himself, and it showed,” Amherst coach Michael Rudd said. “When they’re able to have that kind of relentless attack, they’re always dangerous.”

Perry provided an unorthadox element to Amherst’s attack, too, with monster long throws. He parted the seas of the student section to launch service as good as a cross in the 47th minute. Aengus Cox rose up and sent his header just wide.

“I’ve been practicing the long throw,” Perry said. “It seemed like we’d be able to get good chances off of that.”

Amherst left the field upbeat after the final whistle, while Longmeadow was frustrated at the draw. The teams will see each other again Oct. 18 in Longmeadow for the second path of their league home-and-home. Both are also regular participants deep in the Division 1 Western Massachusetts tournament and could match up there.

“We certainly hope so,” Carpenter-Shluman said.


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