Mammoths Celebrate 40 Year Anniversary, Tie Cardinals 0-0

Mammoths Celebrate 40 Year Anniversary, Tie Cardinals 0-0

At halftime, Amherst women's soccer recognized alumnae from across four decades for the programs 40th anniversary. Since the founding of the program in 1979, Amherst has won four NESCAC Championships, made 19 NESCAC postseason appearances, and earned 17 NCAA Championship berths, including a trip to the national championship game in 2001. The program has also produced three CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, in addition to countless All-American, All-Region and All-Conference players.

AMHERST, Mass. -- The Amherst College women's soccer team logged their first tie on the 2019 tab as the Mammoths battled Wesleyan University to a 0-0 stalemate in a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) matchup Saturday afternoon at Hitchcock Field.

With the tie, Amherst moves to 5-2-1 (2-2-1 NESCAC) while the Cardinals sit at 6-1-2 (2-1-2 NESCAC).

The Mammoths saw their best opportunity in the 37th minute with three consecutive shots on goal, two of which struck the post. Off a perfectly placed through ball from Natalie Landau '21, Erin McClave '20 dove and poked it past a charging Hammond which struck the right post, bouncing back to Claire Nam '21 who took a touch and fired a shot on frame. Hammond closed the gap and saved it before the ball fell to the feet of Hannah Gustafson '21 who lifted the ball over the crowded box and hit the left framework, with the ball eventually being cleared out by the Cardinals defense.

The Cardinals had a chance just before halftime when a corner kick from Dani Milovanov was flicked on by Danielle Soto to the feet of Nicole Brodkowitz, who's shot was placed just wide of the post.

At the half, the Mammoths held an 8-4 advantage over the Cardinals in shots while Wesleyan was up 4-2 in saves and 4-3 in corner kicks.  

Off the restart, Brodkowitz played a ball into the box in the 47th minute that was bobbled from Antonia Tammaro '21 in front of goal. With the ball popped up in the air, Grace Devanny headed a shot towards the bottom portion of the net but Tammaro held onto it to preserve the neutral score line.

Wesleyan nearly broke through in the 70th minute after an unmarked Emily Ribatt laced a curling shot from the top of the box on the left side towards the near post. Tammaro looked to have the gap covered as the ball ultimately bounced into the side-netting on the outside of the goal.

Four minutes later, Claire Nam '21 marked one of her two chances on frame when McClave settled a long ball in the attacking zone, back-passing it to Nam who dribbled to the right of the Cardinal defender and launched a well-placed attempt in the top portion of the net. However, Hammond corralled the ball to mark her final save of regulation.

Alexa Juarez '22 and Nam each soared shots over the crossbar in the final 10 minutes, but both sides held on to force extra time.

In overtime, both teams were evenly matched with three opportunities apiece. Tammaro was only needed once while Hammond denied Gustafson and Isabel Stern '23 to finalize the game at 0-0.

Amherst will be back in action tomorrow, October 6th as they host Wentworth in a non-conference duel at 2:00 PM. Wesleyan will return to their home field tomorrow as well, hosting No. 13 Tufts at 1:00 PM. 

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.