WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – Despite a 57th minute equalizer from Sophia Fikke '22, No. 24 Amherst women's soccer couldn't tally another as New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) archrival Williams College secured the game winning goal midway through the second half to push the Ephs over the Mammoths in conference action Saturday afternoon.
Williams became just the second team to score on the Mammoths this season while Amherst falls to 5-2 and 2-2 in conference. The Ephs, who still sit one game back from the Mammoths in their all time record during the regular season (16-15-9), improve to 4-2-1 overall and 3-2 in NESCAC play.
Williams midfielder Mikayla Kappes '21 scored the opener in the 33rd minute. Aspen Pierson '21 sent a long ball into the box, finding Victoria Laino '21 where the ball came off her foot to Kappes, who took a touch and struck home a volley from close range.
The Ephs took a 1-0 lead into halftime, but the Mammoths went on the attack after the restart, finding an equalizer from first-year Sophia Fikke in the 58th minute. After a Williams defender made a tackle, the ball bounced out to Fikke, who hit a first-time shot with her left foot that snuck inside the far post. It was the first collegiate goal for Fikke, who leads Amherst with 5 assists on the year and is tied for first in the NESCAC.
Alison Lu put the Ephs back ahead in the 69th minute, using her strength to seal off a defender and slotting her finish inside the far post.
Shots finished at 20-9 in favor of Williams, with the Mammoths recording five on frame to the Ephs seven. Junior goalkeeper Antonia Tammaro '21 finished with 5 saves, while Eph stopper Whitney Lincoln '20 had 4.
Amherst will commence their October action with four straight home games, facing Wesleyan (Conn.) on Saturday, October 5th, followed by Wentworth a day later on Sunday.
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.