Mammoths Advance to Semifinals in 1-0 Victory over Continentals

Mammoths Advance to Semifinals in 1-0 Victory over Continentals

AMHERST, Mass. – Rubii Tamen '19 scored for her fourth consecutive game as she led the Mammoths to a 1-0 victory over Hamilton College in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Quarterfinals on Sunday afternoon at Hitchcock Field.

Tamen has compiled a total of seven goals in the last four games, marking her season total at 13.

The Continentals opened up the game with a physical, high pressure, which limited the Mammoths early in the first half. Hamilton saw their first opportunity in the seventh minute when Cat Gambino shot a well struck ball on frame towards Antonia Tammaro '21. Despite the pace, Tammaro easily made the save to keep the Continentals from getting on the board. Less than a minute later, Alex Fontana had a chance that was blocked by the Mammoths backline.

Senior Rubii Tamen '19 was able to break the deadlock late in the first half when a ball was cleared out of the defensive end for the Mammoths, landing to the feet of Tamen. She was able to beat her defender with a couple moves, and rifled a shot that struck the inside of the post and into the back of the net.

The score line stayed the same throughout the second half, but a key opportunity for Hamilton almost brought the match back to even. Gambino struck a ball which was heading for the top part of the frame, just under the crossbar. Tammaro's outstretched arms were just enough to knock the ball off the pipe and back into the box for the remarkable save, maintaining the shut out for the Mammoths.  

The Mammoths outshot the Continentals 19-11, and notched five corners on the day.

Caity Smith was able to save eight of the nine shots she faced while Tammaro finished with six saves.

The Mammoths improve to 13-2-1, 7-2-1 on the year while Hamilton finish their 2018 campaign with a 8-5-3, 4-3-3 mark. 

Amherst advances to the Semifinals where they will face off against Middlebury College in Williamstown, Mass. at 1:30 PM. The winner of that match will compete in the championship the following day. 

In October 2018, Amherst proudly recognized Ted W. Beneski '78, P'08 and Laurie M. Beneski P'08 for their extraordinary generosity and commitment to the College by naming the men's and women's soccer programs in their honor. The College's naming of the Beneski Soccer Programs celebrates the Beneskis' love for Amherst athletics and their longstanding investment in helping Amherst students excel as learners, as players and teammates, and as citizens.