Amherst Women's Soccer Cruise Past Leopards in Non-Conference Tilt

Amherst Women's Soccer Cruise Past Leopards in Non-Conference Tilt

AMHERST, Mass. -- Amherst women's soccer got back in the win column after balanced scoring from five different Mammoths led to their 5-0 rout of Wentworth Institute of Technology on Saturday afternoon at Hitchcock Field.

With the win, Amherst improves to 6-2-1 overall while the Leopards drop to 4-7-1.

It was all Amherst from the start as the Mammoths controlled the tempo with their initial breakthrough, and ultimately the game winner, coming just five minutes after the opening whistle. After a failed clear attempt fell to the feet of Hannah Gustafson '21, the Newbury, Massachusetts native notched her first career goal with a remarkable shot placed narrowly into the top-right corner of the net from roughly 25 yards out.

One of the four Leopards chances came 12 minutes after the Mammoth breakthrough when Allison Gallion lofted a shot from over 30 yards out which struck the crossbar and back into play.

In the 37th minute, a low clear attempt was controlled by Molly Donahue who took a touch and fired a shot right at Antonia Tammaro '21 who calmly snagged it to maintain the 1-0 advantage.

Just before halftime, the Mammoths netted their insurance goal when Cassie Chin '21 made a strong push down the right sideline, crossing the ball in front of net where Allison Haynes stuck her foot out to deflect it. However, the deflection fell right to Alexa Juarez '22 who chipped the ball up and into the back of the net with composure, putting the Mammoths up 2-0 heading into the break.

At the half, Amherst held a compelling 19-4 advantage in shots and 9-0 in corner kicks.

Out of the halftime gate, the Purple & White recorded five opportunities, one of which was a score, in the opening eight minutes. Ruby Hastie '22 logged her first goal on the 2019 tab and third career while Sophia Fikke '22 recorded her NESCAC-leading sixth assist by playing a curling ball over the top of the backline to Hastie who one-timed it past a charging Haynes for the third goal in the game.

However, Haynes came up big on the ensuing restart when the Mammoths notched a set piece from the left side of the box just two minutes later. Alexa Juarez '22 sent a ball in that was cleared out to the top of the box. Julia Ralph '21 controlled it and rifled a shot to the top left corner of the net but Haynes denied the attempt on a remarkable leaping one-handed dive. 

In the 59th minute, Gustafson received the ball at midfield and played a perfectly placed through-ball to a slashing Sasha Savitsky '20 who took a touch and fired a shot to the right side of the frame. Haynes dove and deflected it but it settled in the bottom right corner of the net for the Mammoths fourth goal.

Erin McClave '20 capped off the scoring with her second goal of the season when she drove along the left goal line, cut back to her right and pocketed a shot in the bottom left corner of the net while falling down. 

Wentworth saw one final chance come in the 62nd minute off a long shot from Julia Watler but the Leopards ultimately couldn't breakdown the Mammoth defense as the score line held true at 5-0.

Amherst concluded the matchup holding 68% possession and 39 shots, 15 of which were on frame. Wentworth finished with 32% possession and seven shots on goal.

The Mammoths will return to Hitchcock Field for another pairing of home games, starting with NESCAC foe Tufts at 12:00 PM on Saturday, October 12th. Wentworth bounces back to face Bridgewater State on Thursday, October 10th at 3:30 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.