AMHERST, Mass. – In their home opener and first conference game of the season, Amherst women's soccer took down Bowdoin, 1-0, for the fifth consecutive year in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) action Saturday afternoon at Hitchcock Field.
The Mammoths continue rolling, improving to 2-0 on the season while the Polar Bears drop their season opener, falling to 0-1.
Amherst came out firing with five shots in the opening 20 minutes, forcing Bowdoin goalkeeper Penny Rocchio to make a couple vital saves to maintain the 0-0 score line.
The Mammoths were finally able to break through just before halftime as a ball was crossed into the box, pulling Rocchio off her line to contest, with the ball eventually landing at the foot of Sasha Savitsky '20 who pocked it into the bottom right corner of the net.
Savitskys goal marked her third career goal and first of the season, giving the Purple & White a 1-0 lead heading into the half. At the break, Amherst led Bowdoin 8-3 in shots while Toni Tammaro '21 and Rocchio were even at two saves a piece.
Amherst was relentless in their attack, including a rocket from Alexa Juarez '22 in the 57th minute that Isabel Ball was able to hold on to. Ball came up big again in the 63rd minute when she was pulled off her line and Juarez took a touch past her to have a clear look at goal. However, Ball was able to recover, dive, and deflect the ball with outstretched hands to prevent another Mammoths score.
On the other end, Morgen Gallagher and Jade Cromwell each placed a shot on goal in the second half but Tammaro stifled their opportunities to keep the Mammoths on top. The Polar Bears pushed forward in the final minutes of regulation but were unable to bring things back equal, solidifying Savitskys goal as the decisive point and another Amherst victory.
Amherst finished with 54% possession, 19 shots, and 9 on target while the Polar Bears ended with eight total shots.
The Mammoths will return to non-conference play on Sunday, September 8th as they take on Smith College at 2:00 PM. The Polar Bears are set to face Colby in their next match up at home, beginning at 4:00 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 program in their honor. The College's naming of the Beneski Soccer Program 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.