Palma, Juarez Earn First Team All-NESCAC Recognition

Palma, Juarez Earn First Team All-NESCAC Recognition

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HADLEY, Mass. – Five members of Amherst women's soccer have been named to the 2019 All-NESCAC Team with senior defender Bella Palma '20 and sophomore forward Alexa Juarez '22 headlining the selections with First Team honors. Antonia Tammaro '21, Sloan Askins '20, and Kim Zhou '22 earned All-NESCAC Second Team for the Mammoths, as announced by the conference office on Thursday morning.

For the second straight season, five Mammoths have been recognized by the conference with Palma notching her second consecutive all-conference accolade. A staple in the Mammoths backline this season, Palma has been relentless in shutting down opposing offensive threats, contributing to 14 shutouts on the season. A second team selection last year, the Newburyport, Mass. native anchors the defense that has only allowed six goals on the season and one through the last eight games.

The 2018 NESCAC Rookie of the Year, Juarez accrues her second conference honor for her efforts in the Mammoths scoring front this season. Juarez is tied for first in the NESCAC for goals (10) and lends two assists on the campaign to place her t-3rd in the NESCAC points category (22).  Amherst's leading scorer, Juarez has also recorded two multi-goal games, including a hat trick in the season opener against Mount Holyoke College.

Receiving second team honors for the second year in a row, Tammaro has been a force in between the pipes for the Purple & White. Boasting a .902 save percentage that's good for third in the NESCAC, Tammaro has amassed 46 saves on the year and contributed to a 0.917 save percentage as a team, which is fourth in the nation for DIII.

Landing on the All-NESCAC ballot for her first time, Zhou has been a mainstay in the backline through two seasons in purple and white and has started in all 18 games this season. Another first time appearance for Amherst, Askins mirrors Zhou's efforts and started in all 18 games. The senior captain lends an offensive threat as well, adding two goals and three assists on the 2019 tab.

Both players were pivotal in not allowing a single goal on conference championship weekend, leading a defensive effort that only allowed five shots on goal to help secure the NESCAC title. The two backs have also contributed to a 0.778 shutout percentage that places them inside the top-five in Division III.

Amherst earned the automatic bid to the 2019 NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Tournament after clinching the conference crown. The Mammoths will play host to this weekend's competition and will face Maine Maritime on Saturday, November 16th in the opening round at 11:00 AM.