AMHERST, Mass. – Rubii Tamen '19 and Hannah Guzzi '18 teamed up twice to post two first half scores, however two Camel goals in the final 12 minutes proved too much to overcome as the Amherst College women's soccer team fell to Connecticut College, 3-2 Sunday afternoon at Hitchcock Field.
With the loss, Amherst falls to 3-4-0 on the season and to 1-3-0 in league play, while Conn. College improves to 7-0-1 overall (4-0-1 NESCAC). Amherst returns to action on Saturday, Sept. 30 when they host Tufts at Hitchcock Field at 12 p.m.
The contest opened in entertaining fashion, as both sides earned a solid scoring opportunity in the first 1:19.
Kat Norton threated at the 44:18 mark, earning clear lane to net, but Chelsea Cutler '19 came out to the top of the box to smother the attempt. Maeve McNamara '19 responded at 43:41, but her shot from the left side rang off the right post.
Finding the back of the net five minutes later, Guzzi tallied her sixth score the season on a dish from Tamen to give the Mammoths an early 1-0 edge. Stealing the ball from a Camel five yards into Connecticut College territory, Tamen sent a perfect leading pass to Guzzi at the top right of the box who gained inside positioning on a defender and one-timed a shot into the bottom left corner with 37:49 on the clock.
The Camels needed just 39 seconds to even the score at 1-1 as Norton found nylon on an impressive individual effort play. Gathering the ball in the left corner, Norton cut back towards the middle of field, beat a defender, and lofted a shot from 10 yards out into the top right corner.
Taking a 2-1 lead in the 15th minute, Tamen connected with Guzzi for the second time in the matchup to put the home team up by one. Dishing a one-touch pass from midfield that split the defense, Guzzi sprinted 30 yards with the ball before ripping a shot from the top of the box unto the nylon.
Norton once again proved to be an offensive catalyst for the Camels in the second half. Nearly notching the equalizer at the 36:20 mark, Norton's shot as she collided with the Amherst goalkeeper deflected off the left post before Megan Root '19 cleared the ball towards the sideline.
Making back-to-back incredible saves with 9:40 to play, Cutler kept the Mammoths ahead by one as she dove to her left to just get her hand on a low shot by Zoe Stublare and smothered Caroline Kelleher's attempt on the rebound.
Tying the score at 2-2 in the 78th minute, Mackenzie Kingston powered a direct free kick from 35 yards out over the head of the netminder as the ball landed in the bottom left corner.
Kelly Brigham tallied what stood as the game-winning goal with 1:14 remaining in regulation. Earning an indirect kick, Cutler made the initial stop on a shot from Sara Kogelmann, but Brigham was there to tap in the rebound.
Battling until the final horn, Amherst narrowly missed sending the game into overtime in the final seconds as Guzzi sent a ball over the goal line but it was ruled that it was after the clock hit zero as the Camels secured the 3-2 win.
- In goal, Cutler (3-4-0) made four stops for Amherst, while Bryanna Montalvo (6-0-1) registered three saves for the Camel's in the winning effort.
- Both sides logged 13 shots in the game, while the Mammoths owned an 8-1 advantage in corner kicks.
- Guzzi took a contest-leading six shots, while Tamen added two more for the Mammoths.
- Norton and Lauren Steele led the Camels with three shots each.