Fikke Takes NESCAC Outright Lead for Assists in 4-0 Win over Bates

Fikke Takes NESCAC Outright Lead for Assists in 4-0 Win over Bates

LEWISTON, Maine. – Lending a goal and an assist in Amherst women's soccer's 4-0 rout of Bates, Sophia Fikke '22 becomes the outright leader in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) for assists as the Mammoths secured their fifth conference win on Saturday afternoon at Russell Street Field.

With the assist, Fikke marks eight on the 2019 season while Juarez notches her second multi-goal performance, cushioning the Mammoths lead with two second half goals. Juarez jumps to third in the conference for goals (9), which is one behind co-leaders Grace Devanny (Wesleyan) and Cat Gambino (Hamilton) who have 10 apiece.

With the win, Amherst records their 11th shutout on the season with a shutout percentage of 0.769 (5th in the nation) and improves to 10-3-1 (5-3-1 NESCAC) while Bates drops to 2-11-1 (0-9 NESCAC).

It didn't take long for the Purple & White to reach the back of the net as the opening score came just three minutes after the first whistle blew. Sarah Sullivan ripped a shot from straight on, just outside the box that bounced off the left post and back into play. The ball deflected right to Sophia Fikke, who tapped it home, putting Amherst up 1-0.

Ruby Hastie '22 doubled the Mammoths lead with an outstanding effort in the ninth minute. She dribbled the ball down the far sideline and split three Bates defenders before firing a low shot that hit the right post and deflected into the back of the net.

The Bobcats recorded their only shot on goal in the 45th minute when first-year Elizabeth Patrick's shot got stopped by Erica Sanders.

At the half, Amherst led by a 17-3 margin in shots while Katherine Nuckols recorded nine saves and finished with 10 on the day.  

In the 57th minute, Fikke delivered a perfect feed off a set piece to the back post that Juarez headed top shelf into the back-left corner of the net, making the score 3-0.

Juarez used her head again off a cross in the 64th minute, but this time the ball deflected off the crossbar. Luckily for her, the ball bounced straight back to her feet where she pocketed the ball into the back of the net with her right foot, rounding out the scoring on the afternoon for Amherst. 

Amherst totaled at 31 shots on the game, their fourth-highest mark on the season with Isabel Stern '23 leading with a game-high six shots. Bates finished with six, one of which was on frame.

In between the pipes, Erica Sanders continued her unblemished record and moved to 5-0 while Nuckols suffered her seventh loss (1-7). First-year goalkeeper Elizabeth Crawford impressed for the home side, making four saves in the final 23:46 minutes of play.

The Mammoths are back in action for their final regular season game when they travel to Trinity (Conn.) on Tuesday, October 29th for a 7:00 PM start. Bates will wrap up their regular season on Tuesday as well with a 3:00 PM clash against Colby on the road.