HARTFORD, Conn. -- Sloan Askins '21 lead Amherst women's soccer with a goal and two assists in the Mammoths final regular season contest where they scored four second half goals to clinch their sixth conference victory with a 4-1 decision over Trinity (Conn.) on Tuesday night.
With the win, Amherst caps off their 2019 regular season with an overall record of 11-3-1 and 6-3-1 in NESCAC play while the Bantams move to 6-7-2 (4-5-1 NESCAC)
Ruby Hastie '22 was aggressive upfront for the Mammoths in the half of play, posting three shots with two on goal. The New York native tested the Bantam goalkeeper early on with a chance coming in the seventh minute before she intercepted the ball two minutes later and fired a shot that landed just wide of the frame.
The breakthrough nearly came in the 26th minute when Isabel Stern '23 showed off her footwork with a couple moves around her defender before flicking the ball to a slicing Hastie who unleashed a low shot on target. Jennifer Stuart, who finished the half with eight saves, was able to deny the Mammoth off a diving save.
A few minutes later, Amherst almost capitalized on a defensive breakdown from the Bantams but the finger tips of Stuart were just enough to deny a low curled shot from Alexa Juarez '22 that was seemingly destined for the bottom right corner of the net.
Relentless pressure was the story for the Mammoths first half performance as they accumulated 12 shots, eight of which were on goal, while the defense denied Trinity from any chances in the opening 45 minutes.
Askins was the difference maker for Amherst, breaking the stalemate and notching her fifth career goal just two minutes after the halftime whistle. Hastie sent in a perfectly placed cross from the right touchline to the foot of Askins whose shot nestled into the left side netting, putting Amherst up 1-0.
Juarez almost doubled the scoreline in the 54th minute after breaking free of her defender along the right side of box and striking a ball that knocked off the left post and out of play. The Mammoth's leading goal-scorer continued her offensive prowess and was able to pocket one in the back of the net in the 61st minute for her 10th goal on the season. Askins played a ball up to the attacking zone where Juarez settled it among two Bantam defenders and volleyed a shot that started high, but dipped over Stuart's outstretched hands to give Amherst the 2-0 lead.
With the goal, Juarez is now tied with Wesleyan's Grace Devanny and Hamilton's Cat Gambino at the top of the NESCAC leaderboard for goals with 10 apiece.
Hannah Gustafson '21 made it 3-0 for the away side on a highlight-reel shot from 35 yards out that was flawlessly positioned in the top-right corner of the net. The goal, that came less than five minutes after the Juarez score, marks Gustafson's second on the season and Askins second assist on the game.
Natalie Landau '21 capped off the scoring for Amherst with a stunning shot from the top of the box in the 79th minute that curled drastically around Stuart and into the back of the net. Landau's score was her fourth on the season while Izzy Geneve '23 aided in the goal, her first career assist.
Avoiding the shutout with six minutes remaining, the Bantams brought one back when Dunn O'Hara played Katie Marlow-Benedic along the left side of the box when the seniors shot crossed the goal line for her first career goal with Trinity. Benedic's mark is the only goal to be scored on the Mammoths in the last five games and the only one to be scored on Erica Sanders '20 this season.
The Mammoths held on to claim the win as Sanders moved to 6-0 on the season while Stuart fell to 4-5-2. Amherst seized a distinct 15-1 advantage in shots on goal and notched three corner kicks.
Amherst, who is currently tied for third in conference, will await the final NESCAC contests before the standings are solidified for the conference tournament. The NESCAC quarterfinals will commence Saturday, November 2nd with the top four teams hosting the first round action.