Women’s Soccer Draws With Hamilton, Defeats Keene State 3-0
Issue   |   Tue, 10/13/2015 - 23:32
Peter Connolly '18
Senior captain Holly Burwick boasts the third highest save percentage in the NESCAC this season.

A scoreless second half and double-overtime resulted in a draw for the 19th-ranked women’s soccer team (6-2-1 overall, 3-2-1 in conference) in its matchup against NESCAC opponent Hamilton (3-4-1, 2-3-1).

The Continentals, who are tied for fifth in the NESCAC, jumped out to an early 1-0 lead. Just 18 minutes into action, Hamilton’s Ali Clark collected the ball inside the box and blasted a shot between the posts.

In the 31st minute of play, down by one, the Amherst offense struck, converting a corner kick opportunity. Ashlyn Heller ’17 connected with Emily Masten ’17, who headed the ball into the back corner of the net.

The duo’s effort marked Heller’s first assist and Masten’s first goal of the season.

Two minutes into overtime, Hamilton gave Amherst a scare; but senior and four-year starting goalkeeper Holly Burwick was there to make a miraculous save. Hannah Withiam of Hamilton corralled a pass inside the penalty hash, but Burwick, dashed out of goal, making a heroic effort to deflect the shot and register the improbable save.

Burwick, who has the third highest save percentage in the NESCAC, tallied nine saves in the tie.

Hamilton topped the Jeffs in most statistical categories, outshooting the Jeffs 9-1 in the first and 6-1 in the second.

The Continentals posted a 7-6 advantage in corner kicks. Both teams tallied 2 shots in the first overtime and one-shot the second respectively.

After the hardfought draw against Hamilton, Amherst battled to a 3-0 victory over Keene State on Tuesday night.

Emily Hester ’17 tallied two goals in the victory, including her fourth game-winning goal of the season.

The first half of the non-conference match was largely uneventful, as the two teams combined for only four shots on goal in the first half.

Hester’s first goal did come on one of these few shot opportunities as she was assisted by both Maeve McNamara ’19 and Megan Kim ’16.

McNamara tallied her third goal of the year in the 62nd minute of play, volleying the rebound from a header by first-year Eden Charles.

Hester added her second goal of the game just over a minute later, corralling the pass from Ashlyn Heller ’17 and finding the back of the net.

Burwick registered three saves over the span of 78 minutes before first-year Charlie Cutler took over for the 11 minutes of action in relief. She saw a game-high two shots on net.

This weekend Amherst travels to Maine to resume NESCAC action against last-ranked Colby.

On Sunday, the Jeffs will wrap up the double-header weekend in a contest versus eighth-ranked Bates.

Last year, the Jeffs scored in overtime, downing Colby 3-2. Emily Hester ’17, Hannah Guzzi ’18 and Delancey King ’18 chipped in one apiece in the winning effort, while Meredith Manley tallied two assists.

Amherst also prevailed 2-1 against Bates with goals from Guzzi and Rachael Abernethy ’16.

The weeked will be crucial for the Jeffs as look to capture two wins on the road before senior day on Saturday, Oct. 24, when they will face Wesleyan.