AMHERST, Mass. – Amherst women's soccer concluded their September schedule as they scored twice in each half to defeat Bates College 4-1 in NESCAC action on Sunday afternoon at Hitchcock Field.
The Mammoths notched two goals early on to distance themselves from the Bobcats in the first half. Senior Caleigh Plaut '19 opened up the scoring in the 14th minute as she received a pass at the top of the box from Hayley Roy '20, where she turned and fired a shot that placed just under the crossbar. That goal marked Plaut's fourth on the season, and eighth point overall. Amherst's second score came from Natalie Landau '21 off a free kick, 30 yards out, that was able to beat the Bates goalkeeper on the inside post.
The Bobcats brought it back to within one, just before halftime, when Laura Jarry scored their only goal of the game in the 40th minute with the assist coming from Abby Merk.
The Mammoths were not finished yet as Maeve McNamara '19 was able to find the back of the net in the 76th minute for her second goal of the season, off an assist from Sasha Savitsky '20. They were followed up three minutes later with the final mark of the game by Alex Juarez '22 who scored from an assist by Jordan Bailey '22.
Amherst was able to compile a total of 23 shots on the game, whereas Bates finished with four after 90 minutes. The Mammoths also amassed seven corner kicks compared to the Bobcats two.
Sophomore goalkeeper Antonia Tammaro '21 was able to save one of the two shots that she faced on the day. Katherine Nuckols faced 13 shots for the Bobcats, where she was able to stop nine of them.
Amherst improves to 7-1-1 on the season (3-1-1 in NESCAC) while Bates falls to 2-7 (0-7 in NESCAC) on the year.
Amherst returns to action next Saturday as they begin their October calendar on the 6th when they host Hamilton College in another NESCAC matchup at Hitchcock Field. Bates also returns to NESCAC play next Saturday as they host Connecticut College at 11:00 AM.