Women’s Soccer Smothers Mount Holyoke in 2018 Home Opener

Women’s Soccer Smothers Mount Holyoke in 2018 Home Opener

AMHERST, Mass. – Outshooting their opponents 37-0, the Amherst College women's soccer team earned an 8-0 victory over Mount Holyoke College in their season opener on Wednesday evening at Hitchcock Field.

Despite the first home game of the year for any sport being delayed a bit due to thunder and lightning, the Mammoths (1-0) scored five times in the first half, including two goals apiece by Rubii Tamen '19 and Navva Sedigh '21.

Tamen got the home team on the board just eight minutes in, the first of two unassisted tallies, with the second coming exactly six minutes later.

Cassie Chin '21 finished off a feed from classmate Claire Nam in the 23rd minute, striking the ball past Lyons senior Amanda Manaster, who made 14 saves in 65 minutes of action.

"I am so proud of the energy we brought today," said Head Coach Jen Hughes. "We came out ready to play and we maintained a high level of energy throughout the game.  We have established a good foundation from which to build and I'm excited to see what we can accomplish this season."

Sedigh scored her first goal in the 39th minute, then six minutes later finished a pass from Lexy Cook '21 to put Amherst up 5-0 just on the stroke of halftime.

The hosts bunched their goals closer together in the second half, scoring three times between the 62nd and 68th minute. Cook nabbed her first of the year with an assist by Alexa Juarez '22, who became the first first-year to record a point for the program this season.

Hayley Roy '20 and Natalie Landau '21 ended the night with unassisted tallies, the final one against sophomore goalie Maria-Lucia Delgado, who made one stop in the final 25:36 between the pipes.

Amherst, who had a 23-0 edge in shots on goal and a 7-0 corner kick advantage, saw Erica Sanders '20 and Brooke Harrington '22 each play a half in net.

This Saturday, Amherst dips into New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) play for the first time, travelling to Bowdoin for a 12:00 PM game.

"We are looking forward to our next game against Bowdoin on Saturday," said Hughes. "They are always a tough team, so it will be a good test."