WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – Sophomore Sasha Savitsky tallied her first two goals of the year and the sides remained deadlocked with 20 minutes remaining in regulation, however two quick scores by the Ephs stood as the difference makers as the No. 7 seed Amherst College women's soccer team fell to top-seeded Williams, 4-2 Saturday afternoon at Cole Field in a NESCAC Semifinals tilt.
With the win, Amherst falls to 9-7-1 on the season, while Williams improves to 15-1-1 on the fall and advances to the NESCAC Finals.
First on the scoreboard, Savitsky gave the Mammoths a 1-0 lead with 9:43 remaining in the opening half. In an impressive individual effort, Savitsky intercepted a clearing pass near midfield and juked around two Eph defenders before ripping a low, hard shot from five yards outside the box into the bottom left corner of the net.
Williams responded 1:52 into the second stanza, as Sarah Scire deflected the ball off her knee and over the goal line after a lengthy scrum inside the goalie box.
Taking their first lead of the game five minutes later, Alison Lu made it 2-1 in favor of the home team after a long clearing drive down the right sideline. Corralling the ball inside the 18, Lu chipped a shot off the Amherst netminder who ran out to contest the attempt and into the nylon.
The Mammoths did not stay at a disadvantage for long, as Savitsky once again beat Olivia Barnhill to even the score at 2-2 at the 54:36 mark. Finding the loose ball 35 yards out, Savitsky powered a bomb into the top left corner of the goal to register her second score of the fall.
The next 15 minutes featured scoreless play, however two Williams' tallies in the final 20 minutes sealed the Eph win.
Finding the back of the net with 19:12 remaining, Kristina Alvarado gathered a no-look heel pass from Jones on the left side before sliding an uncontested shot inside the near post.
Jones notched the final dagger for the Ephs, sending a shot past the diving Mammoth keeper on a 1-v-0 in the 80th minute to seal the 4-2 Williams victory.
- In between the pipes, Chelsea Cutler '19 (9-7-1) registered four saves for Amherst in the losing effort, while Barnhill (13-0-1) made two stops for the Ephs in the win.
- Williams owned a 9-4 edge in shots on goal and a 7-4 advantage in corner kicks.
- Savitsky led the Mammoths with two shots on target, while five other Amherst players each had one shot attempt.
- Williams' Lu and Jones each took a matchup-high three shots.
2017 NESCAC CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
Quarterfinals - Saturday, October 28
No. 1 Williams def. No. 8 Bowdoin, 4-0
No. 7 Amherst def. No. 2 Conn. College, 1-0
No. 6 Hamilton def. No. 3 Middlebury, 1-0
No. 4 Tufts def. No. 5 Trinity, 1-0
Semifinals - Saturday, November 4 - hosted by Williams College
No. 1 Williams def. No. 7 Amherst, 4-2
No. 4 Tufts vs. No. 6 Hamilton - 1:30 PM
Championship - Sunday, November 5
No. 1 Williams vs. No. Tufts/No. 6 Hamilton - Noon