Lehnhart caps Amherst career having scored on final shot

December 4, 2016

Jackson Lehnhart soccer

Jackson Lehnhart

Win or lose, Juneau’s Jackson Lehnhart always gave his best effort for the Amherst College men’s soccer team.

When the prolific high school scorer was asked to play defense, he did. When the senior was asked to be a more offense-minded, he did that. And when his team needed a big goal in the NCAA D3 Tournament, he did that too.

One year after Lehnhart scored in the national championship game, he found the net in a shootout loss in the Sweet 16 of this year’s tournament. With his career concluded, it was probably little consolation that he left the field having a scored on his final shot.

He finished the season with five goals and three assists for 13 points in 19 games.

He started 39 of his final 40 games for Amherst, which he led to the 2015 national championship with a 2-1 victory that was spurned by his tying goal in the 14 th minute.

Lehnhart, of Juneau-Douglas High fame, was named second team all-conference and first team All-New England Region honors from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

In 60 career games, he posted 6-9–21 totals as center back, a defense-minded position where his job was to prevent goals, not score them.