MEDFORD, Mass. – Sarah Sullivan '23 scored in the 53rd minute and the Mammoths recorded their 14th shutout of the season as the Amerst College women's soccer team won the 2019 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship with a 1-0 victory over Middlebury on Saturday afternoon at Kraft Field.
Juarez almost doubled the score line off a free kick that was placed just a few feet in front of the corner flag. Sophia Fikke '22 sent in a cross from the right side that met the head of Juarez, but the ball deflected off a Panther defender and out of bounds.
Bella Palma '20, Sasha Savitsky '20, and Kim Zhou '22 played a pivotal role in the win, throwing themselves in front of multiple passes to thwart all the Panthers offensive attempts in the second half.
Sanders, who was only needed once in the first half, finished with that lone save on the afternoon and notched her ninth win on the season (9-0-0). Shaw ended the afternoon with five saves and received her first loss on the 2019 tab (6-1-0).
Amherst, who was 9th in the nation for shutout percentage (0.750), recorded their 14th shutout on the year. The Mammoths cap off their regular season and conference postseason run winning eight consecutive games, blanking seven of those opponents.
Amherst will make their 18th appearance in the NCAA Tournament, with their most recent venture producing a third round presence in last season's campaign. They have made it to the third round twice in the last three years and hold a 30-12-5 overall record in the tournament.
The Panthers will await the NCAA Selection Show, aiming for an at-large bid into the tournament.
"Every player did her job. This team is extraordinary, " Hughes finished. "We look forward to spending another day together. We are excited to find out who we will face next and where we will play."