Teams: Women's Soccer: Schedule & Results
JUMBOS LOSE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN '08, 3-1 AT AMHERST
COLLEGE WOMEN'S SOCCER FINAL SCORE
Amherst 3, Tufts 1
At Amherst, MA
Saturday, October 4, 2008
|First-year Lauren O'Connor picked up her
second assist of the season
AMHERST -- The Amherst College women's soccer team upset a
nationally ranked team for the second time in as many games, as the
Lord Jeffs earned a 3-1 victory over ninth-ranked Tufts University
and became the first team to score on the Jumbos this season.
Saturday's win came just three days after the Lord Jeffs earned a
2-1 come-from-behind victory over 16th-ranked Wheaton College on the
Tufts (5-1-0/3-1-0 NESCAC) entered Saturday�s game out-scoring
opponents 10-0, but it took the Lord Jeffs (4-1-2/3-0-1 NESCAC) less
than 15 minutes to become the first team to score on the Jumbos this
year. Amherst senior quad-captain Kate Moriarty (Westminster, MA) played
a perfect ball into the box on a free kick from just over midfield, with
first-year Jill Kochanek (Pittsburgh, PA) soaring above the defense and
using her head to flick a shot over the head of Tufts junior goalkeeper
Kate Minnehan (Hopkinton, NH) in the 14th minute.
The Jumbos nearly matched Amherst�s goal less than one minute later,
but a header from sophomore Audrey Almy (Portland, OR) off a
corner kick was grabbed by Amherst junior keeper Lili Ferguson
(Winnetka, IL). Tufts got another great opportunity on a corner kick in
the 21st minute and this time converted, with junior Ali Maxwell
(Exeter, NH) scoring on a header after Ferguson couldn�t corral the
cross from first-year Lauren O�Connor (Dudley, MA).
The Jeffs controlled the tempo in the final 20 minutes of the first
half and created several scoring opportunities, but they could not
retake the lead before intermission. Sophomore Kyla Woodhouse (Topsham,
ME) fired a low, hard shot to the near post in the 25th minute but was
denied by Minnehan, while junior Meg Murphy (Springfield, MA) dribbled
herself free in the 37th minute and ripped a shot off the crossbar.
The hosts held a 12-4 advantage in shots at the break, while Tufts
took five corner kicks in the first 45 minutes compared to just one from
Amherst. Minnehan made three saves, but was replaced by sophomore
Hannah Jacobs (Mill Valley, CA) at the start of the second frame,
while Ferguson stopped two shots in the first half before being subbed
out for first-year Allie Horwitz (Woodbridge, CT).
The Jeffs took a 2-1 lead on yet another beautiful header nearly 18
minutes into the second half. Sophomore Jackie Hirsch (Wilmette, IL)
created the play by hustling to keep a loose ball from crossing the end
line, then turned and sent a perfect cross to Murphy, who rewarded
Hirsch�s hustle by taking a perfect route to the ball and driving home a
header for her sixth goal of the season.
Tufts once again responded well when a Maxwell header got over the
head of Horwitz, but the ball bounced on the crossbar before falling out
of bounds, as the Jumbos just barely missed out on the equalizer.
Amherst took over from there and began a long stretch of dominance, with
Woodhouse, senior quad-captain Alanna Darling (Charlton, MA) and
first-year Livia Rizzo (Dover, MA) each nearly adding to the Jeffs� lead
in a span of only three minutes.
Amherst�s persistence paid off and the Jeffs took a 3-1 lead with
less than 12 minutes to play. Hirsch once again picked up an assist on a
beautiful cross into the box, this time with senior Stephanie Yesnik
(Arlington, VA) settling the pass, turning toward the goal and lobbing a
shot to the far post and over the head of Minnehan, who had re-entered
the game in the 68th minute.
Junior tri-captain Cara Cadigan (Nahant, MA) handed some
momentum back to the Jumbos when she rattled the crossbar from 25 yards
out with nine minutes to play, but the Jeffs regained control and were
just as intense in the final minutes as they were to begin the second
half. In a 30-second span, Amherst had one shot get past Minnehan only
to have it saved on the goal line by a pair of Tufts defenders, while a
Murphy free kick bounced on top of the crossbar and rolled out of play.
The Jeffs held on for a 3-1 victory to mark their first win over
Tufts since 2001 and the first win over the Jumbos at Hitchcock Field
since 2000. Amherst held a commanding 27-8 advantage in shots, while
Tufts held a 6-5 edge in corners. Minnehan and Jacobs made four saves
and one save, respectively, with Horwitz matching Ferguson by stopping a
pair of shots in the second half.
Murphy and Rizzo each had exceptional games for Amherst, as they
combined for 13 of the Jeffs' 27 shots and each played the entire 90
Tufts will next take on Brandeis University Tuesday (Oct. 7) at 7 pm.
The Lord Jeffs return to action Wednesday (Oct. 8) when they host
Connecticut College at 4:30 pm.