MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – The Amherst women's soccer team scored first to lead Middlebury early on in the competition before the Panthers scored three unanswered goals to take down the Mammoths 3-1 in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) play on Saturday afternoon on Dragone Field.
Amherst got on the board 12:31 into the game when Alexa Juarez's '22 crossing pass along the goal line was knocked in by Caleigh Plaut '19 for her first goal of the 2018 season. The assist from Juarez makes that her third on the year through four games. The Mammoths nearly went up 2-0 less than a minute later when Rubii Tamen's '19 blast from long distance hit the crossbar, as Panther keeper Ursula Alwang was just able to get a piece of it.
Middlebury evened the game when Sabrina Glaser lofted a shot from 25 yards out on the left side that sailed over the head of Amherst goalie Erica Sanders '20.
The Panthers went on top 2-1 just 41 seconds into half number two with the second of the game and third of the season from Glaser. Eliza Robinson played a long pass up to Glaser, who quickly one-touched the ball before driving it into the far-right corner of the net.
The final goal of the game came from Middlebury when Talia Rubino played a ball into the box that was chested by an Amherst player, before Panther Ellie Greenberg had a quick touch and then knocked it into the far side of the net.
Amherst's best chance to cut into the lead came in the 81st minute when Natalie Landau's blast from 15 yards out hit the right post.
The Mammoths held a slim 19-18 shots advantage in the game and led 7-2 in corner kicks. Sanders finished with six saves on the day over the course of 71 minutes while Antonia Tammaro '21 recorded one save in 19 minutes. Alwang finished with eight saves in goal to earn the win for Middlebury.
"We are disappointed with the result, but we did some things really well so I'm excited to get after it again tomorrow and work to be just a little bit better. I have so much confidence in what this team can accomplish." said Hughes in regards to the game.
Amherst now falls to 3-1 (1-1 NESCAC) on the season while Middlebury is 5-0 (2-0 NESCAC). Today's matchup was the first time the Mammoths were scored on this calendar year.
Amherst College returns to action tomorrow as they host Smith College in a non-conference matchup at Hitchcock Field beginning at 2:00 PM. The Panthers are off until next Saturday when they host Bowdoin at 11:00 AM.