SOMERVILLE, Mass. – Amherst Women's Soccer earned a key road victory as they took down Tufts University by a final score of 3-0 in NESCAC action at Kraft Field Saturday afternoon.
The No. 20 Amherst women's soccer team (According to D3soccer.com) found scoring from three different Mammoths to hand No. 22 Tufts their second loss of the season. This game marks the seventh shutout for the Mammoth this year, and it is the Jumbo's first loss in conference play.
The Mammoths controlled the ball a lot early on, opening the scoring in the 24th minute when Junior Sloan Askins '20 launched an unexpected, deep shot from outside the box which sailed just past the fingertips of the Jumbo goalkeeper. The Mammoths wasted no time as they scored six minutes later after the ball ricocheted off a Tufts defender, falling to the foot of first-year Ruby Hastie '22 who found the bottom left corner of the net to put Amherst up 2-0 early on. First-year Alexa Juarez '22 capped off the day with the final goal as she went on to score unassisted, just after halftime, in the 52nd minute.
Tufts entered the second half generating several scoring chances, but Amherst's backline was not giving their forwards easy looks. The Jumbo's finished with 18 shots on the day compared to the Mammoths 11, but only four of them were on frame. Amherst was able to lock seven of their shots on net, three of them being the key goals.
Amherst was led in shots by Alexa Juarez with two, accompanied by the one goal. Tufts offensive attack was led by Taylor Koscho with two shots on net, one of which was only stopped due to a fantastic diving save from Amherst goalkeeper Antonia Tammaro '21. Jumbo Goalkeeper Emily Bowers saved four of the seven shots on goal she faced, while Tammaro stopped all four shots she met.
"Tufts was undefeated in the NESCAC, so this is a terrific result for us. We played with a lot of pride today and, as a result, put a couple of goals away early. Tufts battled back, but we displayed a lot of composure, especially down the homestretch, and we were able to keep a clean sheet" said Coach Hughes. "I'm excited for this team; it's a great group that's playing with heart, determination, and confidence. We're looking forward to taking the field again tomorrow against Bates."
The Mammoths improve to 6-1-1 (2-1-1 in NESCAC) on the season while the Jumbo's move to 6-2 (3-1 in NESCAC).
Amherst will return to action tomorrow as they face off against Bates College at 1:00 PM at Hitchcock Field in another NESCAC matchup. Tufts also returns to conference play tomorrow as they host Hamilton College at 1:00 PM back at Kraft Field.