11/6/95 The Amherst Women's Soccer Team had their best season ever, ending with a final record of 14-1-1 and advancing to the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament. Led by a strong core of seniors and a talented crop of freshman, sophomores, and juniors, Coach Morganhas much to be excited about, both for this season and for the future of Women's soccer at Amherst.
On Saturday, the Jeffs avenged their only loss of the regualr season, defeating Bowdoin College 1-0 in the Regional Round of the NCAA tournament. Beth Leonard scored the game's only goal at 18:53, lofting a perfectly placed goal over the Bowdoin goalie's head and into the net. Amherst controlled most of the game, due to strong play from the defense who shut down Bowdoin's biggest offensive threats. Amherst goalie Cassie Abodeely recorded her 11th shutout of the year and the Jeffs advanced to the round of the "Elite Eight", to play Richard Stockton College (NJ) on Sunday.
Sunday's game was a brutal, hard-fought contest that lasted for over 2 and a half hours, and resulted in an Amherst defeat and Richard Stockton College advancign to the NCAA Final Four. Stockton will advance out of what was considered the most difficult region in the NCAA tournament; all four teams wer ranked in the nation's top 12, and Trenton state College, who Stockton beat on Saturday, was the reigning two-time national champion.
The game was even throughout. Amherst scored first, on a goal by freshman Anne Berktau (Wilton, CT) at 28:55. Berktau's goal came after a shot by Eleanor Hickerson hit of the crossbar and deflected towards the middle of the box. For Berktau, it was her third goal of the season and first of the post-season. The game remained 1-0 for over 45 minutes, when Vanessa Dickinson of Stockton College kicked in a reflected shot at 78:57.
In both the regular overtime and the sudden death overtime, neither team was ble to score, and the game was to be decided by penalty kicks. Stockton forward Marci Williams switched to goalie and stopped Amherst's first two penalty kicks. Cassie Abodeely stopped Stockton's third penalty kick, but that wasn't enough, and Stockton won the shootout, 4-2.
For her postseason play, sophomore Ellie Hickerson was named NESCAC Player of the week. While Coach Morgan will sorely miss her seniors, with players like Hickerson, freshmen forwards Katie Hersey, Anne Berktau, and Katie Misset, and Juniors Beth Leonard (leading scorer) and Kate Staaf, the women's soccer team looks to continue its quest for an NCAA crown in the coming years.
10/29/95 With Saturday's win over Tufts, the team finished the regular season with a 13-1 record and awaits their bid to the NCAA Tournament. Against Tufts, Shaunette Richards scored once and assisted another goal, and Amherst won 3-1. Beth Leonard and Erica Johnson also scored. The 13-1 record is the best that the women's team has ever finished and they should be favorites coming out of New England in the NCAA's. They find out about the NCAA's on Sunday night.
10/22/95 The women's soccer team is the 1995 little three champions! With their 4-3 Homecoming victory over Wesleyan, the Jeffs won their second consecutive little three title. Beth Leonard scored twice, and Anne Berktau and Kathleen Misset also scored. Amherst jumped out to a 4-0 halftime lead, but Wesleyan rallied to make the game close. Amherst has won 7 games in a row, and Wesleyan's goals were the first goals scored on them in the month of October, a streak spanning 6 games.
On Wednesday, the Jeffs played Nichols College and won that game 4-0. Laura Kochansky and Shaunette Richards each scored twice, as the 10-4 Nichols was clearly overmatched from the get-go. Cassie Abodeely got te shutout- her ninth of the year. Last week, freshman Katie Hersey was named NESCAC Player of the Week for women's soccer.
10/15/95 The women's team traveled to Williamstown on Saturday and came home victorious! Both Amherst and williams entered the game with strong record (Amherst was 9-1 and Williams was 8-1) but the Jeffs prevailed. Freshman Kathryn Hersey scored the games only goal at 31:55 to give the Jeffs the win. Next Saturday, they play Wesleyan. If they win, they will hold onto last year's Little Three Title for a second year. Goalie Cassie Abodeely recorded her 5th consecutive save and her 9th of the season.
On Thursday, Amherst played Mount Holyoke College They won that game 3-0. It was pretty one-sided, as Mount Holyoke only managed 6 shots. Amherst is now 10-1 and off to their best start ever.
10/8/95 At 8-1, the Jeffs are of to their best start ever! This week, they dominated in two games and won both: a 1-0 victory over Clark in the rain, and a 2-0 win over Middlebury. Against Clark, Laura Kochansky scored the team's only goal, and against Middlebury, Beth Leonard and Allison Segal scored. Goalie Cassie Abodeely recorded her 7th shutout of the season. For the year, Cassie and the Amherst defense have ginven up only 4 goals. Right now, theJeffs are ranked #2 in New England dehind Bowdoin, who they lost to last weekend. next week, they travel to Williamstown to meet the 8-1 Ephs. It should be a great game, and everyone is excited for it.
10/1/95 The Jeffs had two games this weekend: a tough 2-1 overtime loss to Bowdoin College, and a thrilling 1-0 overtime victory over Colby. Their record now stands at 6-1.
In the Bowdoin game, freshman Kate Hersey scored early, but the Jeffs were unable to hold onto the lead. Today, against Colby, the Jeffs scored with only 1:00 to go in the second and final overtime against a tough (and undefeated) Colby squad. Rachel Thopson scored the goal for Amherst. The win gives Amherst two victories on the season that they have won in the last 4 minutes of the final overtime period.
9/26/95 The women's soccer team has a lot to be happy about this week. After today's victory against Wheaton their record stands at 5-0 and they are ranked #2 in New England (behind Williams). In addition, Cassie Abodeely was named NESCAC player of the week last week for her three consecutive shutouts. Today was her fourth.
Today, on a rain soaked field, the Amherst team completely dominated Wheaton College. The Jeffs scored early and often with Shaunette Richards scoring at 4:58 on an unassisted goal to take the lead. Kate Cinella quickly followed Richards' lead at 9:54 on a goal assisted by Beth Leonard. Just three minutes later the Jeffs put the game away with a third goal, unassisted, by Kate Hersey. Later in the game, Cinella took a pass from Shaunette Richards and scored her second goal of the day. Abodeely had five saves for the shutout.
9/18/95 The women's soccer team is 2-0, and have been playing very well. On Wednesday, the team opened the season at Smith College and won, 3-2. They then came home on Saturday to face Trinity and won 3-0. Coach Morgan was pleased with Saturday's performance. She said that Trinity really came at them in the first 15 minutes and that the Jeffs held off the Trinity attack very well. Freshmen Kathryn Hersey scored her 2nd goal in as many games, and Junior Beth Leonard had 2 assists, giving her three for the season.
The victory was especially pleasing because Amherst lost to Trinity last year, 1-0.