SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. – Opening the season in impressive fashion, the No. 14 Amherst College women's soccer team netted eight first half goals and added two scores in the second stanza to power past Mount Holyoke College, 10-0 in a non-conference tilt at the MHC Soccer Field.
With the victory, Amherst begins the 2017 season 1-0-0, while Mount Holyoke falls to 1-2-0 on the year. The Mammoths return to action on Saturday, Sept. 9 when they welcome Bowdoin to Hitchcock Field for their first NESCAC contest of the season beginning at 12 p.m.
Taking control from the opening whistle, the Mammoths jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first 8:11 behind an own goal by the Lyons and a score by Rubii Tamen '19.
Over the next 17 minutes, Amherst sent six shots wide of the goal and forced Mount Holyoke keeper Amanda Manaster to make a stop from close range, but the Mammoths were unable to find the back of the net once again until the 24th minute of play. Receiving a perfectly placed cross from the left edge of the 18-yard box, Natalie Landau '21 registered in her first collegiate score as she one-touched the ball past the diving keeper and into the lower right corner.
The third score proved to be a strong catalyst the Amherst offense as the Mammoths went on to bury five more goals before the halftime horn.
Cassie Chin '21 and Claire Nam '21 tallied the first goals of their collegiate careers at the 27:51 and 28:33 marks, respectively, with Chin capitalizing on an opportunity following a hard cut on a 1-v-1 and Nam sending a quick, low shot from the penalty hash off the goalkeeper's hands and into the bottom left corner.
Grace Orr '19 made it a 6-0 contest with less than 15 minutes remaining in the opening half, collecting a flawless pass on the far right post and tapping the ball into a wide open net while Landau and Orr each recorded their second goal of the game at the 33:37 and 37:25 marks, respectively, to set the tilt at 8-0 in favor of the Mammoths.
Drilling two score in the second half, Hannah Guzzi '18 rounded out the trio of Mammoths to have a multi-goal game, as she converted on a penalty kick 7:16 into the final stanza before teaming up with Nam to find nylon at the 52:16 mark.
- Chelsea Cutler '19 (1-0) earned the win in between the pipes for Amherst, making one stop, while Manaster (1-2) recorded seven saves in the losing effort for the Lyons.
- The Mammoths owned a dominant 17-1 edge in shots on goal and a 5-0 advantage in corner kicks, while Amherst was whistled for 13 infractions to the Lyons's six.
- Guzzi led the Mammoths with nine shot attempts, while five Amherst players put two shots on frame each.
- Sara Sanaú Ruiz had Mount Holyoke's lone shot on net, with Sanaú Ruiz forcing a Cutler save at 41:59.
Contact: Melissa Martin '15