Women’s Soccer Drops Game to Tufts, Rallies to Beat New England College
Issue   |   Tue, 10/03/2017 - 22:39

Amherst women’s soccer split this past weekend’s games, dropping Saturday’s match against Tufts 2-1 in overtime before bouncing back on Sunday to dominate New England College.

Against the Jumbos, Amherst was first to get on the board with Hannah Guzzi ’18 tallying her eighth goal of the season in the 79th minute of action.

Unfortunately, the Mammoths were unable to maintain the lead and the Jumbos answered with a goal of their own less than five minutes later.

Neither team managed to find the back of the net again before the buzzer sounded for the end of regulation.

Once overtime began, though, Tufts did not take long to put the game away. The Jumbos’ Sophie Lloyd launched the ball past Amherst keeper Chelsea Cutler ’19 to secure the victory for the Jumbos just two minutes into the overtime period.

Sophomore Sasha Savitsky had the lone assist for the Mammoths, while Rubii Tamen ’19 got off four shots in the game.
Amherst and Tufts had an even number of shots with 14 apiece.

Despite losing, the Mammoths did own a 5-3 edge in corner kicks.

The following day, the Amherst women traveled to Henniker, N.H. to face off against the New England College Pilgrims. Lexy Cook ’21 opened up the scoring for the Mammoths, notching the first goal of her collegiate career just 3:50 into the game. Tamen doubled the team’s lead a little less than 20 minutes later.

The score remained 2-0 in favor of Amherst as the game headed to halftime.

For the Mammoths, the second half was a comprehensive display of the team’s offensive prowess.

To open the half, Tamen scored three goals in a six-minute span, increasing the Mammoths lead to 5-0.

Two more goals, one each from Cassie Chin ’21 and Laura Greer ’20, finished off the scoring for Amherst, leaving the visitors with a decisive 7-0 victory.

Erin McClave ’20 and Cook contributed two assists each, while Tamen again paced the offense, with six shots and four goals.

Amherst completely dominated New England College, maintaining a 29-12 advantage in shots and an 8-3 edge in corner kicks.

“We are a good team, but we are still figuring out how to play with each other,” captain Meredith Manley ’18 noted after the win. “Today I feel like we found each other, and I know we can continue to play that way in the future.”

Following this past weekend’s games, the Mammoths move to 4-5 on the season and 1-4 in the NESCAC.

Amherst will get the week to recover from a grueling weekend before returning to action against Hamilton on Saturday, Oct. 7.