AMHERST, Mass. -- The second-seeded Amherst College women's soccer team scored four goals in the second half, and four different players found the back of the net, as the Purple & White secured a 6-1 victory over Connecticut College in Saturday afternoon's NESCAC Quarterfinal tilt at Hitchcock Field.
With the win, Amherst improves to 13-2-1 overall, and advances the NESCAC semifinals next Saturday, Nov. 5 hosted by top-seeded Williams College. The Purple & White will take on third-seeded Middlebury College after the Panthers edged sixth-seeded Bowdoin College in other quarterfinal action on Saturday. Connecticut College falls to 10-5-1 on the season.
Amherst drew first blood early in the first half when Rubii Tamen '19 lofted a pass into the 18-yard box to Hannah Guzzi '18 who split two defenders and slid a shot past the Camels' diving goalkeeper Bryanna Montalvo to give the Purple & White a 1-0 lead just 5:04 into the contest.
Nearly tying the game at one with 17 minutes remaining in the first half, Connecticut College's defender Alex Bukovac sent the ball up-field where Samantha Miesemer ripped a shot from point blank range, but was denied by Chelsea Cutler '19.
Amherst doubled its lead just 12 seconds before the halftime whistle when Maeve McNamara assisted Guzzi for her 14th marker of the season to give the Purple & White a 2-0 lead after 45 minutes of play.
After a pair of Guzzi shots were turned aside by Montalvo in the opening moment of the second half, Connecticut College pressured the Amherst defensive third, and Zoë Stublarec (pictured) forced a save from Cutler at the 55:16 mark. Two minutes later, the Camels broke through when Stublarec scored to narrow the Purple & White's lead to 2-1.
Connecticut College looked to net the equalizer midway through the second half as Alex Bukovac fired a shot on target that was fended off by Cutler, while the Camels' best scoring opportunity came through Lauren Steele whose blast from 30 yards out caromed off the crossbar. In the 78th minute, Alexa Tribelli's attempt sailed wide keeping the score at 2-1 in favor of Amherst.
At the 79:16 mark Ashlyn Heller '17 intercepted a pass at the top of the Camels' 18-yard box and ripped a shot into the back of the net giving the Purple & White a 3-1 lead. The goal sparked a string of four scores in five minutes that propelled the hosts into the semifinal round of play.
- Cutler registered six saves in the winning effort for Amherst, while Montalvo tallied eight saves for the Camels.
- Stublarec led the Camels' offensive efforts with two shots on goal, while two of Bukovac's three attempts were on frame in the loss for the Camels.
- Connecticut College edged Amherst in total shots, 17-15, and held a 7-0 differential in corner kicks. The Purple & White held a 14-7 advantage in shots on goal.
BEYOND THE BOXSCORE
- With the win, Saturday, Amherst advanced to the NESCAC Semifinals for the first time since the 2012 season.
- The Purple & White have now won 10 straight games - their longest winning streak since the 2011 season.
- Connecticut College has posted 10 win seasons in two of the past three years under the direction of Head Coach Norm Riker.