NEW LONDON, Conn. – Rubii Tamen '19 scores for the third time in two games for Amherst as they take down the Connecticut College Camels, 1-0, in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) action on Tuesday night at Silfen Field.
After a scoreless first half which saw the No. 11 Mammoths outshoot the Camels by a 6-3 margin, Amherst broke the scoreless deadlock by capitalizing on a free kick which was taken from about 40 yards away. Natalie Landau '21 sailed a dangerous ball into the box, and Tamen got her head on the ball through traffic and sent it just inside the right post in the 68th minute.
"Connecticut College is always a tough team to play, and tonight was no exception. They are physical and pretty direct, but I thought we did a nice job of controlling the tempo by keeping the ball on the ground and moving it quickly - especially in the second half" said Hughes. "We were knocking on the door for much of the second half and it was nice to finally put one away late in the game."
Connecticut College had several opportunities to net the equalizer, but goalkeeper Antonia Tammaro '21 came up with two huge saves to preserve the shutout. She first punched over a ball on a free kick taken by senior captain Emmy McGoldrick which was headed for the upper 90 before batting away a high-percentage shot attempted by sophomore Tori Kretzmer. Both shots resulted in corner kicks, but the Camels were still unable to get one past Tammaro, eventually suffering the one-goal setback.
Tammaro earned the shutout victory by making three saves for Amherst, which outshot the hosts by a 17-9 margin and had a 6-2 advantage in corner kicks. Camels goalkeeper Katy Pelletier suffered the loss after making three saves in the second half.
With this win, Amherst marked its ninth shutout on the season.
The Mammoths improve to 9-1-1 (5-1-1) on the year and are currently tied for first in the NESCAC. The Camels fall to 7-4 (2-4) and are sitting in eighth place in conference.
Amherst returns to action on Saturday, October 13th, as they host Colby College for their Senior Day at 12:00 PM. Connecticut College also returns next weekend as they host Tufts University at 12:00 PM.
Hughes: "This team continues to demonstrate that they can step up to a challenge so I'm excited to see how we wrap up the regular season. We are looking forward to our last regular season home game on Hitchcock against Colby on Saturday."