Women’s Soccer Picks Up Three Wins to Open Season with Undefeated Streak
Issue   |   Wed, 09/16/2015 - 00:27

The 18th-ranked Amherst women’s soccer team kicked off to a strong start capturing a victory in their season opener in an away matchup against Mount Holyoke College and then returning to home action to defeat NESCAC opponent Bowdoin and Springfield College.

At Mount Holyoke, Amherst dominated play, controlling possession of the ball and tempo of play. Mount Holyoke, however, was the first to slot the ball between the posts when Ashleigh Hartsock connected on an assist from Sara Sanau Ruiz in the 17th minute of action.

Although down 1-0 at the half and struggling to find the back of the net, the 15-4 shot advantage seemed to hold promise for what would be a dominant second half for Amherst. Using their offensive dominance as momentum, the composed Amherst squad found their stride minutes into the second half when junior Ashlyn Heller tied the game at 1-1 on an unassisted goal.

It was only a matter of time before Amherst was able to find the back of the net again. Junior Emily Hester connected with sophomore Hannah Guzzi at the 67:02 mark. The goal would be enough to secure Amherst the 2-1 victory against Mt. Holyoke.

Amherst’s defense proved dominant, allowing only 3 shots on goal, as senior keeper Holly Burwick tallied two saves.

In Saturday’s game against Bowdoin, Amherst again prevailed, downing their NESCAC opponent 2-0. In the first 44 minutes of play, Amherst and Bowdoin battled in a back-and-forth matchup. With five seconds remaining, first-year Grace Orr made a sensational kick from the right side, slotting the ball into the upper left corner to net her first collegiate goal.

Ahead by one heading into halftime, Amherst topped Bowdoin with a 9-8 advantage in shots and a 3-1 edge in corner kicks.
The Jeffs jumped to a comfortable 2-0 in the 55th minute when first year Maeve McNamara connected with Guzzi to tally her second goal of the year.

Again, Burwick gave a tremendous effort between the posts, making four saves en route to her first shutout of the year.

In Tuesday’s game against Springfield College, Megan Kim ’16 netted Amherst’s two goals en route to a 2-1 victory.

Springfield College got on the board first, however, as Dakota Kelly found the back of the net for the second time this season.
Amherst answered 13 minutes later, as Kim finished a cross from Delancey King ’18 to tie things at one.

Kim provided the game-winner with six minutes left in regulation, gathering a rebound and beating the Springfield College keeper to her right.

Amherst now stands at 3-0 on the season. They’ll look to continue their winning ways when they host Middlebury at noon on Saturday, Sept. 19.