AMHERST, Mass. – Rubii Tamen '19 netted back-to-back goals just after halftime to help Amherst take down Hamilton College at Hitchcock Field in NESCAC action on Saturday afternoon.
The Mammoths started out strong in the opening period as the first five opportunities came from the Purple and White. Alexa Juarez '22 and Caleigh Plaut '19 both had chances on net that were saved by Hamilton's goalkeeper Rachel Pike.
It was a deadlocked first half heading into intermission with Amherst leading the shots column with eight, while Hamilton was able to mark two through the first 45 minutes.
In the opening of the second half, Continental Kayleigh Harris had her shot stopped by the Amherst back line before the Mammoths responded with Kim Zhou '22 firing two shots that were blocked off the Hamilton defenders. On the second attempt, the ball deflected and fell at the feet of Caleigh Plaut '19 who was able to strike it on net, ultimately being saved by Pike.
Five minutes later, Tamen received a cross right in front of the keeper that she headed on goal. Pike stuck her hands out and saved it, but it fell directly back to Tamen who struck it into the back of the net for the first goal of the game. Two minutes later, Juarez made a strong move down the right side and connected with Tamen in the middle of the box, where she put the ball past Pike for the second point of the match.
With those scores, Tamen moves to five goals on the season while Juarez leads the team with five assists.
The Continentals did not let up as they notched a couple key opportunities in the second half. Kristin Hughes sailed a corner kick into the box that was knocked around, ultimately falling to the foot of Olivia Rodrigues who struck the ball just over the crossbar from 25 yards out. Harris also had a similar shot in the 87th minute that cruised just over the frame out of bounds.
Amherst finished the day with 18 shots, while Hamilton was able to mark 13.
Pike was able to stop 10 of the 12 shots that came her way, while Erica Sanders '20 saved all four shots she faced.
With today's win, the Mammoths improve to 8-1-1 (4-1-1) on the season, while Hamilton falls to 3-3-3 (3-3-2).
Amherst returns to action on Tuesday October, 9th as they travel to Connecticut College for another NESCAC matchup. The Continentals resume play tomorrow at 1 p.m. as they host Utica at Love Field in a non-conference game.