HADLEY, Mass. – Appearing in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Tournament for the 20th consecutive season, Amherst women's soccer enters as the No. 4 seed and are set to host Hamilton in a quarterfinal rematch from last season at 12:00 PM on Saturday, November 2nd at Hitchcock Field.
SETTING THE SCENE
In a regular season matchup between the two sides on September 14th this season, Amherst prevailed with a 1-0 edge over the Continentals due to a game-winner from junior Natalie Landau '21 in the 25th minute.
During that game, Hamilton held a 23-19 advantage in shots with 11 on frame to the Mammoths seven. Junior goalkeeper Antonia Tammaro '21 held strong in between the pipes, finishing the afternoon with 10 saves while Hamilton's Rachel Pike denied the Mammoths attack six times.
The two sides met in similar fashion in the opening round of the NESCAC Tournament last season, where the Mammoths pulled away with a 1-0 triumph after a first half goal was enough to stifle the Continentals in their second straight league tournament appearance.
Amherst has appeared in every league tournament since 2000 and is hosting their fifth quarterfinals game in the last six years.
No. 4 Seed (11-3-1, 6-3-1 NESCAC) – Schedule / Roster / Stats
Amherst has advanced to the semifinals, or better, of the NESCAC Tournament in the last three consecutive years. The Mammoths are the fourth seed for the first time since 2014.
- Having tallied 40 goals and 23 assists, Amherst has shutout 11 of their 15 opponents for a shutout percentage of 0.733, which is good for 10th in the nation and first in conference.
- Boasting a save percentage of 0.908 as a team, Mammoth goalkeepers Erica Sanders '20 and Tammaro grasp the top spots in the NESCAC with .923 and .902 marks, respectively.
- With eight assists total, including three in Amherst's regular season game against New England College, Sophia Fikke '22 leads the conference (48th nationally) and is ranked 31st nationally in assists per game (0.53)
- Scoring four goals in the last three games, Alexa Juarez '22 is tied for first in the conference with 10 alongside Grace Devanny (Wesleyan) and Cat Gambino (Hamilton). Juarez is also tied for second in points (22) and shots (59).
No. 5 Seed (10-4-1, 5-4-1 NESCAC) – Schedule / Roster / Stats
Hamilton is making its third straight conference tournament appearance and sixth overall. The Continentals are the fifth seed for the second time in program history (2012)
- Hamilton, who recorded 45 goals and 46 assists , is ranked 3rd in the nation for shots on goal per game (14.40) as well as third nationally for shots per game (26.73). The continentals lead the conference in scoring, assists, and total points.
- Gambino anchors the offensive scoring with 10 goals, tying Juarez and Devanny at the top spot in the NESCAC. Gambino leads the conference in points with 23.
- Kristin Hughes '20 stands one assist behind Fikke for second place in conference with seven total.
- In goal, Pike sits fifth in the conference for goals-against average with a 0.77 mark and has allowed 11 on the season.
BY THE NUMBERS
|No. 4 Amherst||No. 5 Hamilton|
|Games / Record||15 / 11-3-1||15 (10-4-1)|
|Shots on Goal||159||217|
|Goals Against Avg.||0.39||1.04|
2019 Women's Soccer Championship
Quarterfinals - Saturday, November 2
at Higher Seeds
No. 8 Bowdoin at No. 1 Tufts - 12 p.m.
No. 7 Wesleyan at No. 2 Middlebury - 12 p.m.
No. 6 Connecticut College at No. 3 Williams - 12 p.m.
No. 5 Hamilton at No. 4 Amherst – 12 p.m.
Semifinals - Saturday, November 9
at Highest Remaining Seed
Lowest Remaining Seed vs. Highest Remaining Seed - 11 a.m.
Other Quarterfinal winners - 1:30 p.m.
Championship - Sunday, November 10
at Semifinals Host
Semifinal winners - 12 p.m.