AMHERST, Mass. -- In an enticing New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) match up at Hitchcock Field, No. 7 Amherst women's soccer recorded nine shots on frame but couldn't find the back of the net after a game winning goal in the fourth minute lifted Connecticut College over the Mammoths Saturday afternoon.
The Mammoths setback moves them to 4-1 overall while the Camels remain undefeated at 6-0. Amherst will have a quick turnaround as they match up against New England College tomorrow, September 22nd at 2:00 PM.
Off a promising opportunity from Amherst in the fourth minute, the Camels cleared the ball upfield from their defensive zone which landed at the feet of Mya Johnson who took on the Mammoths back line, cut to her left foot, and pocketed a ball in the bottom right corner of the net. The goal was Johnsons fifth of the season and gave the Camels a 1-0 advantage early on.
Amherst saw numerous opportunities in the opening 45 minutes including in the 37th minute when Navva Sedigh '21 created space at the top of the box and fired a shot in the middle of the frame, but it was ultimately thwarted by Katy Pelletier who finished with nine saves on the day.
Toni Tammaro '21 held strong in between the pipes, finishing with six impressive saves on the afternoon. In two instances, Johnson turned and rifled shots into the upper column of the goal where Tammaro came up big, putting her fingertips on the ball and deflecting it off the post to keep Amherst within one.
At the half, Amherst held a 10-7 edge in shots while the Camels notched four saves to Amherst's one. The Mammoths held a 55% possession with four shots on target.
The Mammoths were relentless in the second half, pushing forward and creating multiple chances with 19 shots in the final 45 minutes alone.
Natalie Landau '21 was inches from bringing things back even in 60th minute off a free kick 10 yards out from the left corner of the box. Landau lofted a ball to the top right corner of the net when Pelletier rose up amongst numerous white and blue shirts, punching it away to stifle the Mammoths attack.
Amherst had three consecutive corner kicks in the final four minutes of the game but were unable to convert, finalizing the game at 1-0 in favor of the Camels.
The Purple & White finished with 15 more shots than Connecticut College (29-14) and maintained 57-43% possession over the Camels. The Mammoths also saw 32% of their total possession come from the attacking zone.
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.