AMHERST, Mass. – The Mammoths registered several dangerous scoring opportunities, but were unable to find nylon as the No. 12 Amherst College women's soccer team fell to Springfield College, 2-0 Wednesday evening at Hitchcock Field.
With the loss, Amherst falls to 2-1-0 on the young season, while Springfield improves to 5-0-0 overall. Amherst returns to action this Saturday, Sept. 16 when they host Middlebury College in a conference battle beginning at 12 p.m.
The Mammoths opened the first half strong, with the defense holding the Pride shot-less until the 17:04 mark and Hannah Guzzi '18 recording three close calls in the first 15 minutes as she powered a ball just wide of the net and forced Springfield netminder Ciara Boucher to make two difficult saves from close range.
Following a near score that saw her shot graze the top of the cross bar, Mikaela Coady finally vbroke through in the 23rd minute give the Pride a 1-0 lead. In an impressive individual effort play, Coady cut back on a defender at the penalty hash and ripped a low hard shot past the diving keeper and into the bottom left corner of the goal
Doubling Springfield's lead 10 minutes into the second stanza, Kim Quiles made it a 2-0 contest after the Pride drew a foul and earned a free kick. Driving the free kick from 30-yards out towards goal, the ball rang off the crossbar, but Quiles capitalized on the rebound and one-touched the bouncing ball over the goal line.
Amherst had several close calls down the stretch in its bid to get on the scoreboard, with Rubii Tamen '19 and Hannah Guzzi '18 nearly connecting for a score after beating their defenders downfield to earn a 2-v-1, but the centering pass from Tamen was just out or the reach of Guzzi in front of the goal.
Threatening once again with 12:47 to play, Maeve McNamara '18 won the foot race to a ball at the 18-yard mark and rocketed an uncontested shot on frame, however Boucher guessed correctly and was able to get her hand on the shot as she dove to her left. Making a play for the rebound, Hayley Roy '20 nearly made it a one goal game, but her attempt went wide right as the Pride held on to earn the 2-0 victory.
- In goal, Chelsea Cutler '19 (2-1) made three stops for Amherst, while Boucher (5-0) finished an exceptional game in net with 11 saves for the Pride in the winning effort.
- Amherst owned a 21-11 edge in shots and a 6-2 advantage in corner kicks.
- Guzzi led the match with five shots (four on goal), while a quartet of Springfield players each had two shot attempts.