AMHERST, Mass. – Three different Purple & White players found the back of the net in the opening 27 minutes, as the 13th-ranked Amherst College women's soccer team edged Swarthmore, 4-2 in NCAA Division III Championship Second Round play Sunday afternoon on Hitchcock Field.
With the win, Amherst extends its winning streak to 14 games and is now 17-2-1 overall. The Purple & White will advance to the Sweet 16 to take on William-Smith next Saturday, Nov. 18.
Carrying the momentum from yesterday's victory, it took just five minutes for Amherst to find the back of the net as Rubii Tamen '19 notched her eighth goal of the season. Taking on two defenders, Tamen flipped the ball over her head and regained possession on a self pass before sliding a shot in the bottom left corner of he goal to give the Purple & White a 1-0 lead.
The Garnet offense threatened to knot the game on four consecutive attempts, but was denied by Chelsea Cutler '19 a trio of times before Caroline Khanna ripped a shot from 25-yards out that sailed wide of the net.
Capitalizing on its first corner kick of the game, the Purple & White's Delancey King '17 distributed a beautifully placed ball inside of the six. Getting her head on the cross, Ashlyn Heller '17 powered the ball into the back of the net to double the score in the 18th minute of action.
Amherst extended their lead to 3-0 six minutes later as Hannah Guzzi '18 gathered a loose ball following a blocked shot and ripped an attempt over the goal line.
Sustaining control of the game, the Purple & White's drew a Swarthmore foul inside the box to earn a penalty kick at the 26:26 mark. Tabbed to take the kick, Guzzi found nylon to tally her second score of the game and give Amherst a commanding 4-0 lead.
Claire O'Brien made cut Swarthmore's deficit to three with 1:06 remaining in the opening half, as she dribbled around a defender and cut back to gain inside positioning before driving a shot off her left foot that sailed into to the top left corner of the net
Opening the second half with the score standing at 4-1 in favor of Amherst, Swarthmore picked up the intensity and attacked the Purple & White's net en route to owning a 10-8 edge in shots in the final 45 minutes of play.
A fairly physical game, a second penalty kick was awarded in the 67th minute, as the Garnet drew a Purple & White infraction inside the box. Rifling a shot on goal, Sarah Hancock beat the Amherst netminder to make it a 4-2 contest with 22 minutes remaining on the clock.
Swarthmore continued to pressure the Purple & White, firing off five shots in the final 15 minutes of action, but neither Khan nor O'Brien were able to capitalized on their scoring opportunities as the Garnet were unable to overcome their early deficit.
- Amherst owned a 23-19 advantage in shot differential and a 5-3 edge in corner kicks in the matchup.
- Tamen led all players in shots with eight, including four shots on target, while Guzzi took three shots for the Purple & White.
- McCoy led the Garnet's offense with five shots, including two shots on goal, while O'Brien also put two shots on frame.
- Cutler turned away eight shots in goal for Amherst and improves her record to 15-2-1, while Shmoys (8-1-0) made seven saves for Swarthmore.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- Amherst advances to the Third Round of the NCAA Division III Championship for the first time since the 2011 season.
- The Purple & White have tallied 48 goals this season which ranks fourth in the programs history.
- Securing its 17th win on the season, the 2016 team owns the second most wins in a single season in program history.
- Guzzi collected her 18th tally on the year and is currently one goal shy of tying the Amherst women's soccer's single-season record. Also accumulating 41 points so far this fall, she is currently tied for second for the most points in a single season.