AMHERST, Mass. – The Mammoths took an early 1-0 lead behind an unassisted tally from Delancey King '18 and outshot the Panthers, 13-8, however a score by Amanada Dafonte in the 61st minute proved too much to overcome as the No. 12 Amherst College women's soccer team fell to Middlebury College, 2-1 Saturday afternoon at Hitchcock Field.
With the loss, Amherst falls to 2-2 overall and to 1-1 in conference play, while Middlebury improves to 3-1 on the season (1-1 NESCAC). Amherst returns to action tomorrow, Sunday, Sept. 17, when they travel to Wentworth for a 2 p.m. non-conference contest.
A Panther defensive save kept the game scoreless in the opening minutes, as Janie DeVito swooped in and recorded the defensive save on a shot by Rubii Tamen '19.
Breaking through at the 17:10 mark, King gave the Mammoths a 1-0 lead. Lofting a shot towards goal from 40-yards out, the ball landed in the Panther restraining area five-yards from the net and bounced over the head of the Panther netminder.
Evening the game at 1-1 with 5:08 to play before the half, Eliza Robinson connected with Clare Robinson on a free kick, as C. Robinson set up on the far post and headed a shot into the nylon.
Dafonte tallied what stood as the game-winner at the 61:30 mark to give Middlebury a 2-1 lead. Gathering a leading pass from Gretchen McGrath, Dafonte powered a shot under the cross bar from the top of the box.
The Mammoths made one final bid to net the equalizer with 7:54 remaining in regulation, but King's shot from the top right of the box rang off the cross bar as Middlebury secured the 2-1 victory.
- Amherst owned the advantage in shots and corner kicks, 13-8 and 4-1, respectively.
- In goal, Chelsea Cutler '19 (2-2) made two stops for the Mammoths in the losing effort, while Ursula Alwang (3-1) recorded six saves for Middlebury.
- King led all players with three shots in the matchup, while Virginia Charman took a team-high two shots for the Panthers.