LEWISTON, Maine -- Hannah Guzzi '18 scored the equalizing and game-winning goal as Amherst came from behind for a thrilling 2-1 overtime victory over Bates College in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) women's soccer action on Sunday afternoon at Russell Street Field.
The Mammoths run their unbeaten streak to five games, and are now 4-0-1 in the month of October. For the season, Amherst improves to 7-5-1 overall and 3-4-1 in NESCAC play. Bates falls to 6-6-1 and 2-5-1, as both teams came into today's game with identical records.
Guzzi, who leads the team with 11 goals and 23 points, delivered the equalizer at 85:25, finishing on a feed from Lexy Cook '21, who had two assists in the win. Amherst had been chasing the game for the final forty minutes after Sarah DiPillo gave Bates a 1-0 lead with her third goal of the year.
Ten minutes later, Guzzi sent the Mammoths home with a victory when she found the back of the net again for her second game-winner of the year, with Cook and Kata Heffron '21 picking up the assists. Cook now co-leads the team with four assists, while Heffron has a pair of helpers in her first season.
The first half was all Amherst, as they outshot the Bobcats 12-0, but niether team could break through. Each team had seven attempts on goal in the second half, while the Mammoths outshot Bates 3-0 in the extra period.
Amherst had a 2-0 edge in a game that was lacking many corner kick opportunities.
- Chelsea Cutler '19 made two saves in net for the Mammoths, and improved to 7-5-1 on the year.
- Katherine Nuckols earned her first decision (0-1) for the Bobcats, making seven saves.
- The Mammoths are now 1-1-1 in overtime games this season.
- Amherst's final home game of the season will come next time out, when they host Wesleyan on Saturday at 12:00 pm, part of a busy Homecoming Weekend in Amherst.