AMHERST, Mass. – Amherst women's soccer will make their return to the third round of the NCAA Tournament after taking down Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) 1-0 in second round action on Gooding Field Sunday night.
Amherst made their last third round appearance in 2016 after taking down Lasell and Swarthmore in the first and second round. The Mammoths ultimately fell to William Smith 4-2 to halt their run in the tournament.
With this win, the Mammoths improve to 15-2-2 overall while MIT finalize their 2018 campaign with a 17-3-3 record. Amherst will look ahead to the third round of competition where they will face William Smith for the 2016 rematch, beginning Saturday (11/18) in Geneva, N.Y.
The duo of Rubii Tamen '19 and Alexa Juarez '22 led the attack out of the gate, notching four opportunities in the first eleven minutes. However, the Engineer backline were relentless throughout the course of the game and blocked a significant amount of shots that the Mammoths took.
Karenna Groff marked the key opportunity for the Engineers in the first half, coming within inches from putting MIT up one in the 32nd minute. A cross came in from the right side, landing at the feet of Groff who struck it off the right post and back into play.
After a physical and deadlocked first half, the Purple & White came out strong in the second stanza. Within the first 40 seconds, Hayley Roy '20 made a strong push up the left sideline and crossed the ball dangerously into the box. Roy's cross fell perfectly to Tamen who pocketed the decisive goal into the bottom right corner of the net for her fifteenth on the year.
Roy's assist marks her third on the season, while Tamen continued her dominant performance by recording her seventh consecutive game with at least one point.
With fifteen minutes left to play in the third round match up, the Mammoths conceded a penalty kick to the Engineers. Sophomore goalkeeper Antonia Tammaro '21 came up huge for Amherst as she dove with outstretched hands to tip the ball just wide of the post, preserving the 1-0 win for the Purple & White.
Tammaro finished the day with nine saves and improved her record to 11-1-2. Lily Mueller was able to stop four out of the five shots on goal, ending with a 17-3-3 record.
The Engineers were able to accumulate nine shots in the opening 45 minutes, finishing the game with 15 overall. Amherst matched MIT with 15 total shots after grabbing eight in the first half and seven in the second.
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 program in their honor. The College's naming of the Beneski Soccer Program 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.