October 15, 2017

Nor'easter News - Week 7

By Henry Loughlin

Recap of the Week

As the foliage starts to change (finally), we are less than two weeks away from the start of many conference tournaments. Although championships aren’t won until November (or, for one team, December), there is much to play for in October; namely, seeding. This weekend, Tufts (currently sitting in first-place in the NESCAC) improved to 10-1-1 with a 1-0 victory on the road at Bates. Colby, meanwhile, showed that it could spring a postseason upset or two with a 2-1 2OT victory over Amherst. In that game, the Mules led for most of the match, conceded the equalizer with less than five minutes remaining, yet regrouped to snatch one of the biggest wins in program history. Meanwhile, Springfield became the only team in the country with a perfect record (12-0), while St. Joseph’s (Maine) still remains the only side yet to give up a goal.

Impressions

While there were a number of significant results throughout the region, the unofficial accolade of “biggest upset of the weekend” has to go to Colby. Facing perennial NESCAC powerhouse Amherst, a team which has traditionally had its way with Colby, the Mules went 1-0 up in the 17th minute when striker Jeff Rosenberg scored. That advantage held for the rest of the first half and much of the second, but Amherst did as Amherst does and got a late equalizer through Weller Hlinomaz with just 4:42 remaining in regulation. At that point, I figured the narrative would continue down a familiar direction, with Amherst getting a win in overtime. Instead, it would be the Mules who won the game in the second overtime, as Rosenberg fed Jansen Aoyama -- brother of former Amherst standouts Julien and Justin -- for the winning goal in the 105th minute. Arguably the biggest win of coach Ewan Seabrook’s four-year tenure, even considering Colby’s 2-1 2OT victory over Williams last year, this result augments the belief that no team would want to...

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Nor'easter News

 

Nor'easter News provides coverage of Division III men's soccer throughout the New England region, home to the NESCAC, one of the nation's strongest and deepest conferences, as well as the NEWMAC, CCC, LEC and others. Each week the more significant results of the previous week are discussed, along with impressions and analysis, followed by the selection of a game to keep an eye on in the week ahead.

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Henry Loughlin

Henry Loughlin is a Brandeis University graduate (2014, Politics & American Studies) and has enjoyed watching Division III soccer for the past six years as a student and alumnus. Though a writer by trade, his interest in numbers and statistical analysis makes soccer writing and commentary a favorite pastime. [see full bio]

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