AMHERST, Mass. -- After a deadlocked first half, the Amherst women's soccer team broke through in the 47th minute to fuel them towards their fourth win of the year, a 2-0 non-conference victory over Smith College on Sunday afternoon at Hitchcock Field.
"We were excited to get the result today" said Coach Hughes. "Smith came out hard and we struggled to find our rhythm in the first half, but we hung in there and eventually found the back of net."
The first goal of the game came from a cross that was tipped off the defenders head, landing at Caleigh Plaut's '19 feet on the edge of the box. Plaut's shot was lofted just over the goal keeper's hands, putting them up 1-0 two minutes into the second half.
The Mammoths did not let up as they proceeded to keep attacking the box, ultimately finishing with 20 shots (10 on goal) after 90 minutes of play. The Pioneers finished with five total shots with only three on frame.
The second goal of the match came from a strong push down the right sideline by Sloan Askins '20 who then crossed to the near post where Alexa Juarez '22 struck the ball thoroughly to the far corner past the goal keeper.
Today's scoring marks Plaut's and Juarez's second goals on the season respectively, Askins also moves to three assists for this calendar year.
Smith College's Naomi Falkenberg finished with eight saves on the day over the course of 78 minutes. Antonia Tammaro '21 was able to save all three shots that came across the box for the Mammoths.
Amherst was also able to distance themselves with six corner kicks as compared to Smith's one.
The best chance for the Pioneers in the second half came from a well struck ball by Pamela Larkin roughly 35 yards out which collide with the crossbar. Ewka Varney also tested Tammaro with two shots on goal for the day.
The Mammoths now improve to 4-1 on the season while the Pioneers fall to 5-3 overall.
Amherst College returns to conference action September, 22nd as they host Williams College at 12:00 PM. Smith College also returns to conference play on Saturday as they take on MIT at 2:00 PM.
"Back to back games are tough, and I give this group a lot of credit for finding a way to get the result", said Hughes, "We will rest tomorrow and get after it again on Tuesday in preparation for Williams. The Amherst-Williams women's soccer rivalry is long and storied and it promises to be an exciting game."