AMHERST, Mass. – Senior Matt Butera (Westfield, Mass.) set up his league-leading sixth goal of the season as the No. 15 Connecticut College men's soccer team played No. 4 Amherst to a 1-1 double-overtime tie in a heated battle between nationally-ranked and undefeated NESCAC programs on Saturday afternoon at Hitchcock Field.
The first 45 minutes featured plenty of action with the teams combining to attempt 23 shots. The Mammoths nearly scored first on a free kick in the 15th minute, but a header sent to Ada Okorogheye and shot from point-blank range was stuffed by Camel junior All-America netminder AJ Marcucci (West Chester, Pa.) Less than a minute later, sophomore MT Tshuma (Magwegwe, Zimbabwe) received a pass from classmate Augie Djerdjaj (Mahopac, N.Y.) that was intercepted by Mammoth goalkeeper Bernie White before a shot could be attempted.
After several opportunities failed for both sides during the early stages, Butera found Djerdjaj for his fourth goal of the season in the 23rd minute to give the Camels a 1-0 lead which they would carry into halftime. Butera sailed a free kick that was mishandled by White and volleyed inside the right post by Djerdjaj.
The visitors appeared to be destined to escape with the victory, but a goal by Amherst sophomore German Giammattei with 76 seconds left in regulation knotted the score. Giammattei finished a play that started with the Mammoth goalie by driving a low shot to the left of the penalty circle past Marcucci to ultimately send the match into overtime.
Amherst (5-0-1, NESCAC 2-0-1) had a 5-1 advantage in total shots and the Camels earned a corner kick, but nothing could be decided in 20 extra minutes of play between the evenly-matched programs who would finish in a 1-1 deadlock for the second straight meeting.
White made nine saves between the posts for Amherst, while Marcucci turned away 12 shots for the visitors. The Mammoths ended up outshooting the Camels by a 37-15 margin and had a 10-3 advantage in corner kick opportunities.
Connecticut College (5-0-1, NESCAC 3-0-1) will continue a three-match road swing against NESCAC foes when it visits Middlebury on Saturday, Sept. 28 at 1:30 p.m.