WATERVILLE, Maine – Amherst women's soccer saw balanced scoring from four Mammoths while first-years Sarah Sullivan '23 and Mikayla Brenman '23 notched their first collegiate goals as Amherst blanked Colby College, 4-0, for their ninth shutout on the season on Saturday afternoon at Bill Alfond Field.
The Mammoths record their third conference win and move to 8-3-1 overall while the Mules fall to 4-6-2, 1-6-2 (NESCAC).
Amherst pressured the net early with three shots in the opening eight minutes. The Mammoths got on the board early when Sullivan registered her first collegiate goal in the ninth minute of the game to put the away side up 1-0.
Amherst saw a couple more chances in the remaining minutes of the first half but Mules goalkeeper Dani Lonati was only needed once when she denied an attempt from Sullivan in the 32nd minute.
At the half, Amherst led 11-1 in shots while Colby held a 1-0 edge in corner kicks.
Sophia Fikke '22 tallied her second goal on the season and put the Mammoths up 3-0 off an unassisted goal in the 62nd minute.
Just three minutes later, Brenman finished off the scoring for Amherst with her first career goal in the 65th minute.
The Mammoths defense played a substantial role by limiting the Mules to just three shots in the game, none of which were on frame. On the offensive side, Amherst marked 11 shots in the first half and 13 in the second for 24 total with 10 on goal.
Lonati received the loss and finished with one save on the day while Shannon Gray added four more saves in the final 45 minutes. Erica Sanders '20 marked her third win on the season through the 73 minutes played.
Amherst will be right back at it tomorrow, October 20th when they host Middlebury on senior day in a NESCAC bout at 12:00 PM. Colby will face the University of Maine Farmington on Wednesday, October 23rd in their next competition.
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.