Women’s Soccer Suffer Pair of Home Losses to Springfield and Middlebury
Issue   |   Tue, 09/19/2017 - 22:29
Amherst Athletics
Rubii Tamen ‘19 led Amherst in both total shots (7) and shots on goal (5).

The Amherst women’s soccer team had an action-packed week with three matches in a seven-day span. The Mammoths went 1-2 on the week, dropping their record to 3-2 for the season (1-1 NESCAC).

Amherst hosted Springfield College in a midweek contest on Wednesday, Sept. 13. After falling to the Pride last year, the Amherst women enjoyed the better play for most of this year’s contest, holding a 21-11 advantage in shots and a 6-2 advantage in corner kicks. The Mammoths, however, fell to the visitors in a 2-0 loss. Striker Hannah Guzzi ’18 led the Mammoths in shots with five but was unable to put the ball past Springfield goalie Ciara Boucher.

Amherst headed to Hitchcock Field again on Saturday, Sept. 16 to take on conference foe Middlebury College. Once again, despite maintaining an edge in shots (13-8) and corner kicks (4-1), the Mammoths were unable to claim victory.

Senior Delancey King found the nylon in the first half, giving Amherst an early 1-0 lead. However, King’s goal would be the only one for the Mammoths, while the Panthers evened the score five minutes before halftime and notched the game-winning tally with about 30 minutes remaining in the second half. Offensively, Rubii Tamen ’19 led the purple and white with seven shots on goal, while junior goalkeeper Chelsea Cutler made two saves throughout the game.

The Amherst women had to regroup quickly after the loss to Middlebury, traveling to Boston less than 24 hours later to face Wentworth Institute of Technology. The Sunday match proved victorious for the Mammoths, who halted their two-game slide with a 3-1 win over the Leopards. Erin McClave ’20 opened up the scoring with an unassisted goal in the 30th minute. A minute later, first-year Cassie Chin notched the second goal of her collegiate career.

“I got a pass from Maeve [McNarama ’20] on the right side and there was just one player in front of me so I took a touch around her and then shot near post,” said Chin, who notched her first goal in Amherst’s 10-0 win over Mount Holyoke.

Guzzi buried the game-winner early in the second half to go ahead 3-0. Wentworth answered with ten minutes left in the game, but it proved only a consolation goal as Amherst claimed the victory.

The Amherst women get a break from midweek play this week but face a stiff pair of conference tests this weekend. On Saturday, Sept. 23, the Mammoths will travel to Williamstown, Mass., to take on NESCAC rival Williams College. On Sunday, Amherst faces another quick turnaround when they play Conn. College in a home match.