AMHERST, Mass. – The Amherst women's soccer team secured the win against Colby College on Senior Day, by a 3-0 margin, in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) action Saturday afternoon at Hitchcock Field.
Prior to the game, seniors Caleigh Plaut '19, Morgan Machiele '19, Megan Root '19, Maeve McNamara '19, Eden Charles '19, and Rubii Tamen '19 were honored for their contributions to the Amherst women's soccer team over the course of their four years in which they have compiled an overall record of 46-14-6, outscored opponents 158-54, and recorded 30 shutouts.
The Mammoths came out strong in the first half, challenging Colby's goalkeeper early on. Alexa Juarez '22, Maeve McNamara '19, and Rubii Tamen '19 all registered a shot in the first three minutes of action while the Purple and White also marked two corner kicks a few moments later.
Amherst was able to break through in the ninth minute when Kim Zhou '22 scored her first collegiate goal. Off a free kick, the ball was launched into the box and headed out by the Mule defender, falling to the feet of Zhou who placed it just over the outstretched hands of Shannon Gray which put the Mammoths up 1-0.
Amherst did not let up as they finished the first half with 14 shots, six of which were saved by Gray.
The Mules applied the pressure early in the second half with a couple good chances, but they were thwarted by the Mammoths defense. Off the restart, Colby was fouled which resulted in a free kick that was crossed into the middle of the box. The ball was tapped around, eventually getting cleared out by the Purple and White. The Mules maintained possession and pushed forward again to notch a corner kick which was ultimately headed out of the box by Tamen.
Amherst rounded out the day with two late goals to solidify the victory over their NESCAC foe. Antonia Tammaro '21 launched a kick up field to McNamara who made a strong push down the right side, cutting it back and crossing it to the back post to a wide open Navva Sedigh '21, who struck the ball off the near pipe past the goalkeeper.
Cassie Chin '21 finished the scoring for the Mammoths with an impressive goal in the 88th minute. Chin received the ball 10 yards outside the box, she turned and fired a shot just over the hands of Gray and into the back of the net for her third goal on the season.
Amherst outshot the Mules 26-3 and marked 13 corner kicks on the day. Gray finished with 10 saves while Tammaro didn't face a shot on goal.
Today's win marked the 10th shutout for the Purple & White this season.
Amherst improves to 10-1-1 (6-1-1) on the year while Colby falls to 5-5-2 (2-4-2).
The Mammoths have a quick turnaround as they travel to Springfield College tomorrow to take on the pride at 2:00 PM. The Mules return to action on Tuesday when they host UMass Boston in non-conference action.