AMHERST, Mass. – Not giving up on the play, Hannah Guzzi '18 slid her own rebound past the Polar Bear keeper with 11:30 remaining as the No. 14 Amherst College women's soccer team battled past Bowdoin College, 1-0 Saturday afternoon at Hitchcock Field.
With the win, Amherst improves to 2-0 on the season and to 1-0 in NESCAC action, while Bowdoin falls to 1-1 on the year (0-1 NESCAC). Amherst returns to action on Wednesday, Sept. 13 when they host Springfield in a non-conference clash beginning at 5 p.m.
Each side had five shot attempts in a back-and-forth first half, but the defenses stood strong to send the game to the second stanza locked in a 0-0 draw.
Morgen Gallagher nearly gave the visitors the advantage in the 59th minute, powering a shot towards goal from 30-yards out, but the attempt rang off the crossbar and Amherst was able to get a clear to keep the game even.
The Mammoths created a solid offensive chance with 14:45 remaining in the contest, with Eden Charles '19 cutting back on a defender at the top of the box and dishing a pass to Guzzi on the left side. Drawing two Polar Bears two the ball, Guzzi passed to Rubii Tamen '19 who got an open look, but her shot went just wide of net.
Breaking through three minutes later, Amherst tallied what stood as the game-winning goal with 11:30 left to play. Racing towards a long throw in from mid field, Guzzi boxed out her defender and put a shot on frame. Up to the task, Sabrina Albanese turned away the first attempt but was unable to fully control the ball as a charging Guzzi buried her own rebound into the nylon to give Amherst a 1-0 lead.
Bowdoin's last chance of the game came in the 79th minute as the Polar Bears thought they netted the equalizer off a free kick, but the ball was called back as it was ruled that the indirect attempt did not touch a Bowdoin player before finding its way over the goal line.
- Chelsea Cutler '19 (2-0) earned the win in goal for Amherst, making five stops, while Albanese (1-1) recorded four saves in the losing effort.
- The Mammoths paced Bowdoin in shots, 12-9, while both sides drew five corner kicks.
- Guzzi and Tamen led all players with four shots each, while Julia Patterson posted a Bowdoin-high three shot attempts.