AMHERST, Mass. – Amherst women's soccer increased their win total to seven after a header from Natalie Landau '21 in the 41st minute proved to be decisive in the Mammoths 2-0 triumph over Springfield College on Monday evening at Hitchcock Field.
With the win, Amherst improves to 7-3-1 overall while the Pride suffer their third loss on the season, moving to 9-3-1.
After a pressing first half for the Purple & White, Landau notched the opening goal when a ball was crossed into the box from Claire Nam '21 that tipped off of Bridget O'Conner and out of bounds for a corner kick. Sophia Fikke '22 recorded her NESCAC leading seventh assist when she played the ball into the box where Landau placed a header into the bottom left corner of the net, putting the Mammoths up 1-0 in the 41st minute.
Springfield saw one of their two shots on goal come in the first half when Sara Swetland took a couple touches, beat a couple Mammoth defenders, and fired a shot in the middle of the frame. However, Erica Sanders '20 was able to corral the ball for one of her two saves on the day.
With the time winding down in the first half, the Mammoths saw one final attack with seconds to spare. Off a short clearance attempt from Springfield, Nam struck a one-time volley from 30 yards out with one second on the clock. The ball dipped into the top right corner of the net but was called back as the time expired before it crossed the goal line.
At the half, Amherst held an 18-4 advantage in shots as well as four more corner kicks.
The Mammoths continued their momentum in the second half, notching 14 more shots and maintaining 56% possession in the whole contest.
Three minutes after the second half whistle, Sarah Sullivan '23 played a quick corner to Fikke who was unmarked at the edge of the box. The New York native logged her second goal on the 2019 tab after curling a ball from outside the box into the side netting on the far side. The goal marks Sullivan's first career assist.
The Pride saw their best chance come in the 61st minute when a through ball was played to the feet of Maggie Barden who took a touch with a defender on her side and laced a shot right at Sanders. However, the Mammoth held on to preserve the 2-0 edge.
Springfield saw one lasting effort when Kaleigh Dale struck a long shot from the left edge of the box, but the chance fell a foot wide of the left post. The Mammoths defense held strong in the concluding 20 minutes, thwarting the rest of the Pride's offense to solidify the 2-0 victory.
Amherst will be back in action on Saturday, October 19th when they travel to Colby College in a conference battle at 11:00 AM. The Pride will host NEWMAC foe, Babson, on Wednesday at 3:45 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.