Wesleyan Thwarts No. 11 Amherst, Ending Seven Game Win-Streak

Wesleyan Thwarts No. 11 Amherst, Ending Seven Game Win-Streak

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Amherst women's soccer team netted two goals, but suffered a 3-2 defeat against Little Three rival Wesleyan, who tallied the most goals scored against the Mammoths in a single game this season, and ended their win streak Saturday afternoon in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) action.

The hosts opened up the scoring at the 12:20 mark after a throw-in by Julia Meehan. Lauren Goetzman settled the ball, before beating three Amherst defenders and rifling a shot at Mammoth goalkeeper Antonia Tammaro '21. Tammaro was able to get a hand on the ball, but the hard shot slipped by her for the 1-0 Cardinal lead.

Amherst responded at the 18:14 mark after Natalie Landau '21 sent a cross into the box from the right side. Rubii Tamen '19 settled the pass, before chipping the ball over the head of Wesleyan's goalie Sarah Hammond, knotting the game 1-1.

The Mammoths had a chance to take the lead just 2:24 later after Tamen hit the crossbar. She collected her own rebound, firing a shot at the host goal, but the ball went just wide.

Out of the break, the hosts had a good chance to take the lead at the 54:50 mark. Goetzman redirected a cross by Liz Young with her head, but Tammaro got air, punching the ball up and over the goal to keep the match tied. However, the Cardinals found the back of the net at the 60:36 mark when Katie Stewart Frizzell took advantage of an Amherst defensive breakdown to put Wesleyan up 2-1.

Ten minutes later, Wesleyan increased the lead to 3-1 in the 70th minute. Goetzman headed a cross by Allie Goss down to the feet of Gianna Argento, who buried the ball in the back of the goal.

The Mammoths were able to get a goal back as Tamen beat Hammond to cut the deficit to one (3-2) at the 84:35 mark, but it was not enough as Wesleyan ran out the clock and hung on for the win.

Both teams finished the day with 14 shots and four corner kicks respectively.  

Tammaro suffered her first loss of the season, but was able to grab four saves in net for Amherst.

Amherst moves to 11-2-1 (6-2-1) on the year while the Cardinals improve to 8-4-2 (4-3-2). The Mammoths are back in action Tuesday night as they host Trinity College in their final regular season matchup at 7:30 PM. Wesleyan also ends their 2018 regular season Tuesday as they host Connecticut College at 3:30 PM.

In October 2018, Amherst proudly recognized Ted W. Beneski '78, P'08 and Laurie M. Beneski P'08 for their extraordinary generosity and commitment to the College by naming the men's and women's soccer programs in their honor. The College's naming of the Beneski Soccer Programs celebrates the Beneskis' love for Amherst athletics and their longstanding investment in helping Amherst students excel as learners, as players and teammates, and as citizens.