First Half PK Stands Up in NESCAC Win at Bowdoin

First Half PK Stands Up in NESCAC Win at Bowdoin

BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Amherst women's soccer team used an early penalty kick conversion to hand Bowdoin a 1-0 setback on Saturday afternoon in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) opener for both teams.

 The Mammoths pick up their second straight shutout victory to start the season 2-0-0, while the Polar Bears drop to 0-1-1 (0-1 NESCAC).

"This is a great result," said Head Coach Jen Hughes. "Bowdoin is a very good team and playing them on the road is difficult. I thought we did a nice job of knocking the ball around for much of the game, but then they really ramped up the pressure at the end. I am proud of the way we grinded it out at the end to preserve the result."

It was a game of relatively few chances, but Amherst capitalized on one 12:17 into the game, winning a penalty kick which was buried by first year Alexa Juarez.

That would be all the scoring the game would see, though a minute later Rubii Tamen '19 threatened with a good attempt on net, though Bowdoin goalie Sabrina Albanese turned away the try.

Bowdoin had an 8-6 edge in shots and a 9-3 advantage in corner kicks. Albanese made four saves, while Erica Sanders '20 had six stops to earn the shutout for the Mammoths.

Amherst returns home to host Lasell tomorrow afternoon at 2:00 PM, while Bowdoin stays in conference on Tuesday with a 4:30 PM home game against Bates.

"We are excited for tomorrow and hopeful that we can continue to improve every day and gain momentum along the way," added Hughes.