KEENE, N.H. – Tied 1-1 at the half, the Mammoths netted four scores in the final 45 minutes of play as the Amherst College women's soccer team powered past Keene State College, 5-2 Tuesday evening at the Owl Athletic Complex.
With the win, Amherst improves to 5-5-1 on the season, while Keene State falls to 8-5-0 on the year. Amherst returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 14 when they travel to Colby for an 11 a.m. conference bout.
The Owls responded with 1:58 remaining before halftime, as Stephanie Spitz gathered a pass from Rachel Braun and powered a shot into the nylon at the 33:02 mark to even the score at 1-1.
Regaining the lead in the 57th minute, Hannah Guzzi '18 gave Amherst a 2-1 edge following a shot on target from 40 yards out by Kata Heffron '21. The Keene State keeper proved up to the initial task, but the speedy Guzzi won the footrace to the rebound and drilled a shot into the bottom left corner of the goal.
Natalie Landau '21 extended the Mammoths lead to 3-1 at the 67:05 mark, cutting back on a defender just outside the top of box and lofting a shot off the top of goalkeepers fingertips and into the back of the net.
Keene State made it a one-goal game less than three minutes later as Taylor Farland ripped a shot from the top left corner of the box over the head of the Amherst goalie and into the top corner of the net to set the score at 3-2 with 20:06 remaining in regulation.
Giving Amherst a two-goal cushion at the 78:58 mark, Claire Nam '21 corralled a short pass from Mia Bongiorno '19 and split a pair of defenders before rifling a shot into the top right corner of the goal from 20 yards out.
Delancey King '18 registered the final dagger for the Mammoths with 3:06 on the clock. Juking around a defender 30 yards out, King drove a shot past the diving goalkeeper and into the top left corner to direct Amherst to the 5-2 victory.
- Chelsea Cutler '19 (5-5-1) made four stops in the winning effort for Amherst in between the pipes, while Shelby Offord (3-1-0) recorded 10 saves in the loss for the Owls.
- The Mammoths owned a dominative 32-15 edge in shots in the matchup and a 7-2 advantage in corner kicks.
- Guzzi led the contest with nine shot attempts, while Tamen added six shots for Amherst.
- With seven shots, Farland led the Owls, while Gretchen Greene, Katie Silegy and Stephanie Spitz took two shots each.