Women’s Soccer Claims Pair of Major Weekend Wins
Issue   |   Fri, 10/20/2017 - 02:22
Photo courtesy of Clarus Studios
Senior Hannah Guzzi scored both the trying and winning goals in Sunday’s 2-1 overtime defeat of Bates.

After a tough September fraught with heartbreaking losses, the Amherst women’s soccer team has begun to find their groove in the second half of the season. The Mammoths just completed a 2-0 week, with both wins coming against in-conference foes.

On Saturday, Oct. 14, the Mammoths took the field to face off against Colby. Amherst’s Mia Bongiorno ’19 had the lone goal in a closely contested match. Bongiorno scored her game-winning goal less than a minute before the halftime buzzer, and the Mules were unable to tie the score in the next 45 minutes.

The next day, Amherst returned to the field, this time in Lewiston, Maine to face Bates. The game against the Bobcats remained scoreless in the first half. Bates was first to score in the second half, getting on the board in the 50th minute of play. Hannah Guzzi ’18, however, proved to be the hero for the Mammoths, delivering the tying goal with less than five minutes to go in regulation time. Neither team found the nylon again before the final buzzer, so Amherst and Bates headed into overtime. Guzzi scored her second goal in the 95th minute of play, giving the Mammoths the overtime win and recording her 11th goal of the season.

With their 3-0 week, Amherst improves to a 7-5-1 record on the season overall and 3-4-1 in the NESCAC.

They will return to Hitchcock Field on Saturday, Oct. 21 to play Wesleyan in the final home game of the season. Seniors Guzzi, King, Meredith Manley and Alison Neveu will be honored before the 12 p.m. start, as this will be the last game they play on Hitchcock Field.