Amherst, Mass. – The Trinity College men's soccer team dropped a 3-1 match to the Amherst College Mammoths in the team's regular season finale on Wednesday afternoon at Hitchcock Field. Amherst improves to 11-3-1 overall and 6-3-1 in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) play, locking up the No. 4 seed in the conference tournament. The Bantams end the year with a 2-13-0 overall mark and a 0-10-0 record in league play.
Fikayo Ajayi had a goal and an assist for the hosts and German Giammattei scored his team-leading sixth goal of the season as the Mammoths broke a scoreless halftime tie with two goals in a span of five minutes.
Ajayai slipped a pass to Giammattei, who ran onto it on the left wing and hit it past Trinity rookie goalie Everett Lyons (Southport, Conn.). Lyons finished with seven saves for the Bantams.
Five minutes later, the Ajayi collected a loose ball off a Bantam defender and rifled it into the upper right corner of the Trinity goal to double the home team's advantage. It was Ajayi's third goal of the season and second straight game with a marker.
Sean Fitzgerald added an insurance goal at the 67:00 mark when he leapt up and deflected in a hard shot from Andrew Barkidjija. It was the fourth goal of the year for Fitzgerald and the second assist for Barkidjija in his rookie campaign..
The Mammoths were seconds from a shutout, but Trinity sophomore striker Alistair Matule (Charlestown, Mass.) slid into a rebound on the right post with eight seconds left for his team-leading sixth goal of the year.
Amherst outshot Trinity 30-6 and took eleven corner kicks to just three by the Bantams.