AMHERST, Mass. – Hannah Guzzi '18 broke through in the 79th minute, but the Amherst College women's soccer team was unable to overcome two quick goals by the visitors as the Mammoths fell to Tufts University, 2-1 in overtime Saturday afternoon at Hitchcock Field.
With the setback, Amherst falls to 3-5-0 on the season and to 1-4-0 in conference play, while Tufts improves to 4-1-3 overall (3-0-2 NESCAC). Amherst returns to action tomorrow, Sunday, Oct. 1 when they travel to New England College for a 2 p.m. contest.
Despite the sides combining for 16 shots, neither team was able to find the back of the net in the first half as the tilt entered the second stanza in a 0-0 deadlock.
Guzzi notched her NESCAC leading eighth goal of the season in the 79th minute to break the scoreless tie and give the Mammoths a 1-0 lead with 10:13 remaining in regulation. Powering a ball into Jumbos' territory from 10 yards beyond midfield, Sasha Savitsky '20 found the speedy Guzzi who out-sprinted the Tufts' backline. Meeting the Jumbos' keeper at the top of the box, Guzzi lofted a shot into the left side of the net.
Responding less than five minutes later, Jumbo Elizabeth Reed tallied her first collegiate goal at the 84:21 mark to even the score at 1-1. In an unassisted play, Reed got in front of an Amherst clearing attempt inside the box to deflect the ball forward and drained the uncontested shot to get Tufts on the board.
Drawing a corner with 8:23 on the clock in overtime, Delancey King '18 nearly connected with Maeve McNamara '18 on the far post, but Emily Bowers came up with the clutch save on the point blank opportunity.
The Jumbos earned the victory in the 92nd minute, with Sophie Lloyd logging the game-winner. Gathering the ball on the right side, Mariah Harvey-Brown chipped a leading pass to Lloyd just outside the five yard box who one-touched a shot just past the outstretched arms of the Amherst netminder and into the bottom left corner of the goal.
- In between the pipes, Chelsea Cutler '19 (3-5-0) made three stops for Amherst in the losing effort, while Bowers (4-1-3) recorded six saves for the Jumbos.
- Each side took 14 shots in the matchup, with Amherst owning a slight 7-5 advantage in shots on target, while the Mammoths edged Tufts in corner kicks, 5-3.
- Rubii Tamen '19 led the contest in shots with four, while Guzzi added three shots for Amherst.
- Reed and Sarah Grubman each took three shots to lead the Jumbos.