AMHERST, Mass. – With a penalty kick in the opening five minutes of the game that put Amherst women's soccer up 1-0 early on, the Mammoths couldn't hold on as Tufts University scored a pair of goals, 23 seconds apart, to hand the Mammoths their third loss on the season in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) action Saturday afternoon.
With the setback, Amherst moves to 6-3-1, 2-3-1 (NESCAC) while the Jumbos improve to 9-1-1 and 5-1 in conference.
Amherst was first to strike just five minutes after the opening whistle when a ball from Isabel Stern '23 was played forward to Ruby Hastie '22 who tried to split two Jumbos defenders. Kylie Metcalf and Tookie Wilson were on the sides of Hastie when Metcalf's tackle attempt clipped the feet of Hastie, resulting in a penalty kick.
Alexa Juarez '22 stepped up for the Mammoths and scored her sixth goal on the season after pocketing the ball into the back of the net.
Both sides saw a couple chances before the halftime whistle, including a shot from Juarez in the 11th minute that was stifled by Hayley Bernstein who played all 90 minutes and recorded three saves.
Liz Reed recorded a promising opportunity for the Jumbos and her first shot on goal in the 23rd minute after receiving the ball at the top of the box, cutting left and rifling a shot low and towards the center of goal. However, Toni Tammaro '21 held onto the ball to mark one of her seven saves on the afternoon.
At the half, Amherst was up 1-0 with the Jumbos knocking on the door with nine shots to the Mammoths five.
Out of the gate, Jordan Bailey '22 and Sophie Lloyd snagged a couple of shots on goal for their respective teams before the Jumbos were finally able to breakthrough in the 66th minute.
The ball was hit back and forth between the two sides before Madeleine Pero stepped in front of a clearance attempt and fired a pass to Sophie Lloyd who took it down in tight quarters and placed the ball into the right side netting with her left foot, tying the game at one apiece.
Off the restart, Lloyd intercepted a pass intended for Bailey and played a through ball to Reed along the left side. The Jumbo took a couple touches before firing a shot over Tammaro to the far post with her left foot to notch the game winning goal.
Bernstein was only needed once more when Sarah Sullivan '23 launched a shot on frame from 30 yards out but the Jumbo easily controlled the attempt as the Mammoths couldn't pull together another shot on goal and the final whistle blew at 2-1, Tufts.
The Purple & White finished with 12 shots, four of which were on goal while the Jumbos recorded 23 shots and eight total corner kicks.
Next up for Amherst will be a non-conference clash against Springfield College at Hitchcock Field on Monday, October 14th while the Jumbos travel to Hamilton tomorrow, October 13th to face the Continentals in a NESCAC bout at 11:00 AM.
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.