CLINTON, N.Y. -- Natalie Landau '20 notched her second consecutive game-winner as her 25th minute heroics lifted Amherst women's soccer over Hamilton College in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) action on Saturday afternoon, remaining undefeated on the 2019 tab.
Amherst returns to Hitchcock Field and continues their conference slate as they set their sights on Connecticut College on September 21st for a 12:00 PM bout. The Continentals will travel to the Mohawk Valley as they take on Utica on Wednesday, September 18th in their next competition.
Finishing with a team-high three shots on the day, the Rhode Island native chose an opportune time to secure her second goal on the season and 12th overall. Landau's shots served as nearly half of the Mammoths opportunities on frame as the away side finished with seven total.
The Mammoths defense played a pivotal role in the win as Toni Tammaro '21 (3-0-0) saved all 10 shots she faced in between the pipes to keep Hamilton at bay and preserve the 1-0 edge. Rachel Pike took the loss for the Continentals, her first of the season and recorded six saves.
Early on, Hamilton marked four shots in three minutes with Tammaro halting two from Kayleigh Harris and Cat Gambino to keep things even. Sophia Fikke '22 tested Pike early on before a pair of shots from the Mammoths inevitably led to their breakthrough in the 25th minute.
Right out of the halftime break, Alexa Juarez '22 launched a ball at the top portion of the frame followed by Landau who laced a shot at the bottom right corner of the goal, but both chances were both stopped by Pike.
A team save in the 61st minute and four more saves from Tammaro was enough for the Mammoths to hold out their 1-0 advantage, clinching their second conference win on the season.
The Continentals out-shot the Mammoths 16-8 in the opening half and finished with four more on the afternoon (23).
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.