Amherst makes statement against top French youth teams
[COLLEGE MEN] For the third time in the last quarter century, Amherst College men's team toured France, managing to tie Paris St. Germain's U-19 team that was a
quarterfinalist in the new UEFA Youth Champions League and Lyon's U-18s during its two-week series. One of the highlights of the trip was meeting Prince Albert
of Monaco, who attended Amherst and played on the first team to tour France.
Amherst also dropped 3-1 decisions to teams from Auxerre (2014 U-19 French champion) and Monaco (2013 U-19
French champion), but the close contests demonstrated that even Division III college teams can hold their own with top European youth teams.
Prince Albert's teammate and roommate was
Frenchman Jerome de Bontin, the former New York Red Bulls general manager who organized the trip. His son, Nick, attends
Amherst, where he has played soccer.
The Jeffs went 18-1-2 in 2013, falling to archrival Williams in the NCAA Division III quarterfinals. The year before, Amherst went 17-0-3, finishing
with a 56-3 goal differential and never having ever trailed in a match. They also fell to Williams in the quarterfinals -- in a shootout.
"The big difference between the two sides was on
a technical level," Monaco academy director Frederic Barilaro said. "But they compensated for that with great spirit, a lot of determination and commitment. In
the future, it will be great if we can visit them and see how they do things in America."
|Recent College Soccer Reporter Crowd Count: Wake Forest adds to attendance mark Nov. 30, 5:41 p.m. |
No. 1 seed Wake Forest added to its school record attendance record as the crowd of ... Schedule: NCAA Division I Men's Tournament Nov. 30, 5:07 p.m.
The quarterfinals in the NCAA Division I Men's Tournament are set: Akron-Creighton, Wake Forest-Stanford and Syracuse-Boston ... Jordan Morris shines with help from his teammates Nov. 30, 4:54 p.m.
U.S. international Jordan Morris scored two of the biggest goals of his college career, both off ... Women: Duke stuns Stanford on penalty kicks Nov. 28, 1:18 a.m.
After Virginia, Stanford became the second No. 1 seed to fall in the quarterfinals of the ... Irwin steps down as Portland head coach Nov. 27, 7:08 p.m.
Bill Irwin, who has been with the University of Portland staff for 29 years, the last ... Women: Florida State buries Texas A&M Nov. 27, 6:34 p.m.
Defending champion Florida State is headed back to the Women's College Cup for the fifth season ... Women: Rutgers reaches College Cup for first time Nov. 27, 5:58 p.m.
Rutgers came back from missing its first two shots in the shootout to beat Virginia and ... Iowa Central takes first NJCAA DI women's championship Nov. 23, 2:35 a.m.
Iowa Central defeated previously beaten and untied Eastern Florida State, 1-0, in rain-drenched for the NJCAA ... Blackmore's 34th goal gives Louisburg NJCAA men's title Nov. 23, 2:33 a.m.
English freshman Max Blackmore scored his 34th goal of the season, redirecting a cross from classmate ... CIS: York repeats as national champion Nov. 21, 3:30 p.m.
York University won Canada's CIS men's national championship for the second year in a row with ... >> College Soccer Reporter Archives