AMHERST, Mass. – The 17th-ranked Amherst women's soccer team found the back of the net three times in the first half, and senior goalkeeper Holly Burwick earned her second shutout of the season as the Purple & White powered past Wheaton College 3-0 in a non-conference matchup Sunday afternoon.
Wheaton (6-3-0, 0-1-0 NEWMAC)
- Amherst held the momentum for the majority of the first half, with three different Purple & White players scoring before intermission.
- Emily Hester '17 would score the game winner just 7:33 into play. Showing great anticipation, Hester timed her run towards net perfectly and was able to tap in the cross that Hannah Guzzi '18 sent in from the left corner.
- Katie Clay-Mcbee of Wheaton nearly evened the contest in a great individual effort five minutes later, dribbling through two defenders and sending a shot from outside the box just high over the net.
- Amherst's second goal of the half came at the 27-minute mark, with first-year Eden Charles tallying her first collegiate goal and Guzzi recording her second assist of the game on the score. After a well-placed pass found the foot of Guzzi, Guzzi sent a shot on net that forced Lyon netminder Leann Wolf to the ground to make the save. With Wolf out of position, Charles was able to touch the ball into the back of the net.
- What proved to be the final goal of the game occurred with 15 minutes remaining in the first half. After a clearing attempt, Charles found the ball in the air and was able to one-touch volley the ball past the defense and to a streaking Rachael Abernethy '16. Abernethy took advantage on the 1v0 opportunity, sending a close range shot past Wolf on her left side.
- The second half saw 45minutes of scoreless action despite several momentum changes that resulted in offensive opportunities on both sides.
- Amherst held the advantage in both shots and corner opportunities, 17-16 and 6-1, respectively.
- Burwick recorded two saves in 65 minutes between the pipes for Amherst in the shutout win, while Chelsea Cutler '19 recorded one saves in 25 minutes in a relief effort.
- Wolf made three saves for the Lyons in the loss, while Sarah Caron saw 15:35 of action in a relief effort in goal. Julia Cipriano and Julie Beyar led Wheaton with three shots apiece in the outing.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- Sunday's contest marks the first time the two sides have met since the 2008 season
- Today's win marks Amherst's third win over the Lyons in the last ten meetings
- The Purple & White return to action on Oct. 3 when they host NESCAC rival Tufts on Hitchcock Field beginning at 12 p.m.
- Wheaton will host Trinity College on Wednesday, Sept. 30 in a non-conference matchup at 4 p.m.