A strong wind at their backs helped the Comets early in non-conference play Saturday against Valley Forge in Parma. But as it shifted, so did Amherst’s fortunes.
The first 15 minutes were promising as Amherst held possession. Sophomore Ben Biedenbach came close to putting Amherst up 1-0 early in the half on a far post shot but was denied by Valley Forge goalkeeper Jack Pereksta.
About 10 minutes later, Valley Forge got on the board first as Tyler Hein exploited open space up the middle and put the ball in the back of the next for a 1-0 lead.
The Comets responded seven minutes later when Biedenbach headed home a cross from senior captain Ryan Sturgeon.
With less than a minute remaining in the half, Valley Forge junior Brandon Davidson scored his first of two goals on the day and the Patriots took a 2-1 lead into halftime.
Eight minutes into the second half, Biedenbach was taken down in the box and senior Max Varouh converted the penalty kick to level the score at two.
Valley Forge benefited less than two minutes later from an Amherst own goal to take a 3-2 lead. The Patriots tacked on another goal on Davidson’s second of the day and the game ended 4-2.
Amherst took the junior varsity match 5-0 on two goals from Caleb Stempowski and one each from Jonathan Ellis, Sean Coughlin, and Jacob Rakar. Austin Becker recorded three saves in the keeper’s box.