Jeffs Down Middlebury, 2-1

AMHERST, MA - The Amherst College women's soccer team downed visiting conference rival Middlebury College on Sunday afternoon, 2-1. Rookies Natalie Ferraiolo (Palo Alto, CA) and Alanna Darling (Charlton, MA) notched goals for the Jeffs, as they improved to 7-3-2 (5-2-1 NESCAC), while the Panthers fell to 6-4-2 (3-3-2 NESCAC).

Middlebury tallied the first half's only score at the 28:20-mark when junior striker Erin Pittenger (McCall, ID) took a pass in space just inside the eighteen-yard box from midfielder Caity Abshere (Madison, WI) and snuck a shot past Amherst goalkeeper Piper Crowell (San Rafael, CA) and into the lower left corner.

The Panthers nearly took a 2-0 lead in the second stanza when first-year Ashley Pfaff (Charlotte, VT) played a chip from twenty yards out on the right side in the 63rd minute, but Crowell just managed to get a hand on the ball and punched it away to keep the Jeffs within one and give them some much-needed momentum. Amherst tallied the equalizer just minutes later when junior striker Amy Armstrong (Avon, CT) played a long cross from the left corner onto the head of midfielder Lesley Pruzansky (Saratoga, CA), who laid the ball off to an open Ferraiolo for the score. The Jeffs posted the game-winner when Darling received a pass from Pruzansky in space and ripped a left-footed blast into the lower left corner from twenty-five yards out.

Crowell finished with seven saves, while Middlebury counterpart Adele Plunkett (Austin, TX) tallied four. The Jeffs sit tied for second with Little Three archrival Williams College in the NESCAC standings, just a half-game back of conference-leader Tufts University.

Amherst returns to action Saturday at 11 a.m. at Williams.