Landau’s Natural Hat Trick Springs Mammoths to Senior Day Victory

Landau’s Natural Hat Trick Springs Mammoths to Senior Day Victory

AMHERST, Mass. – Natalie Landau '21 scored three goals in a span of 4:09 and the Amherst College women's soccer team earned a 4-2 victory over Wesleyan University in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) action on Saturday afternoon at Hitchcock Field.

Before the game, the Mammoths honored their four graduating seniors, midfielders Alison Neveu and Meredith Manley, midfielder/defender Delancey King, and forward Hannah Guzzi.

Amherst is now 8-5-1 on the year and moves to a level mark at 4-4-1 in the conference. Their final regular season game comes this Tuesday when they play at Trinity at 6:30 PM.

Landau, who now has 6 goals on the season, gave Amherst the lead at 38:01, breaking a 1-1 tie when she corralled a ball in the box from a free kick off the foot of King.

Before the half had come to an end, she had tripled the Mammoth's advantage.

Cassie Chin '21 earned an assist on Landau's second goal, playing a through ball right up the middle of the Wesleyan defense which sent Landau in one on one with the keeper.

The hat trick was completed two and a half minutes later with Claire Nam '21 taking the ball down the right side and crossing for Landau, who finished near post to the delight of her teammates.

Chelsea Cutler '19 made five saves for the Mammoths, who outshot Wesleyan 22-9 and had a 10-3 corner kick advantage.

Liz Young bookmarked the scoring for Wesleyan, giving the Cardinals a 1-0 lead at 17:05, and cutting the deficit to 4-2 with the only goal of the second half. Both of Young's tallies were unassisted.

Rubii Tamen '19 equalized for Amherst exactly two minutes off of Young's opening strike when she took the ball in past the Cardinals defense and beat Meg Hanan, who allowed four goals on six shots.

Zoe Cassels-Brown made six saves and kept a clean sheet over the final forty-vie minutes in relief of Hanan.