NORTHAMPTON, Mass. -- Natalie Landau's '20 header in the 23rd minute proved to be the deciding goal as Amherst women's soccer routed Smith College by a score of 1-0 in non-conference action Sunday afternoon, concluding their unbowed opening week.
With the win, Amherst moves to 3-0-0 and will have a 5 day rest before returning to New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) play on Saturday, September 14th when they travel to Hamilton College for an 11:00 AM bout. Smith falls to 2-2 on the season and will face Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute in their next competition.
The Mamomths launched forward out of the gate with Kim Zhou '22 marking the first opportunity after firing a shot right at goalkeeper Naomi Falkenberg who saved it in the third minute. Hannah Gustafson '21 followed up with another chance just a minute later when she made a move past her defender and laced a shot high on goal, nailing the crossbar and back into play, where it was cleared away by the Smith defense.
Amherst almost broke through at the 20 minute mark when a low riding cross from Gustafson was perfectly placed in front of goal for Alexa Juarez '22, but the Pioneer defender was able to knock it away to maintain the even scoreline.
Just three minutes later, Natalie Landau '21 recorded her first goal on the 2019 tab after a cross came from the left side from Juarez, landing at the head of Landau who placed it perfectly in the bottom right corner of the net to give the Mammoths a 1-0 edge.
At the half, the Mammoths led 15-4 in shots and 8-1 in corner kicks while Falkenberg had seven saves for the Pioneers.
Gustafson nearly doubled the score line in the 69th minute when she cut to the right at the top of the box and fired a shot just wide of the frame. The Pioneers had a great chance two minutes later when Cydney Owens made a clever move past her defender down the Mammoth goal line, and launched a ball on frame where Tammaro corralled the ball, stifling any further attacks and preserving the Amherst lead.
The Purple & White amassed three more shots in the waning minutes of the game, but were unable to double the tally as Landau's goal stood as the game winner on the afternoon.
Amherst dominated the shot column, striking 26 total and 13 on goal while Smith finished with just eight.
In between the pipes, Tammaro recorded her second win on the season with four saves while Falkenberg marked the loss with seven saves.
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.