No. 20 Amherst Women's Soccer Falls to No. 11 Dickinson in Regional Final

No. 20 Amherst Women's Soccer Falls to No. 11 Dickinson in Regional Final

AMHERST, Mass. -- Elizabeth Krouse scored for Dickinson College with five seconds remaining in the first half to knock off No. 20 Amherst women's soccer, 1-0, in the second round of the 2019 NCAA Division III Tournament on Sunday afternoon at Hitchcock Field. 

The Mammoths, who have bested their last nine opponents heading into today's game, bow out of their 18th NCAA Tournament appearance, and finalize their season with a 15-4-1 record. Dickinson will advance to the third round and improve to 16-2-4. 

Amherst controlled the tempo for the majority of the first half, leading all offensive efforts with seven shots through the opening 30 minutes. Red Devils goalkeeper Carli Boyer was needed twice as Isabel Stern '23 and Ruby Hastie '22 placed shots inside of the frame, but Boyer was able to punch away both attempts. 

Dickinson settled into the game and was able to mark a couple key opportunities in quick succession. From the left corner of the box, Keria Shoup intercepted a pass and fired a shot off the crossbar that fell to the feet of Krouse. The Red Devil was covered by a Mammoth defender but was able to get off a slow-rolling attempt towards goal. However, Erica Sanders '20 corralled the shot to stifle any further chances. 

With five seconds remaining in the first half, the game-winning breakthrough appeared as Krouse was able to net a rebound goal off a set piece. Lauren Bracken sent in a curling ball to the middle of the box where a fight for possession ensued, with Meg Tate getting her foot on a shot that was blocked by the Mammoths defender. Ricocheting off Amherst, the ball fell to Sienna Zittle who passed it to Krouse who poked a shot past Sanders for her first goal on the season. 

Heading into the half, Amherst and Dickinson were knotted at seven shots apiece while the Mammoths led 4-1 in corner kicks. 

The Red Devils could only muster up one shot on goal in the final 45 minutes as the Mammoths were relentless in their attack, accruing six shots on goal and maintaining most of the possession in the second half. 

Subbing back on at the 70th minute mark, Natalie Landau '21 was immediately an impact player for the Mammoths. A minute after subbing on, Landau fired a shot inches wide of the post before forcing Boyer to make two difficult saves in the 79th and 80th minute. 

In the final 10 minutes of the game, Amherst had Dickinson pinned in their defensive zone. The Mammoths had three final shots on goal, but to no avail as the final buzzer sounded.  

The Mammoths held a distinct 24-10 advantage in shots with 17 in the second half alone. Sanders received her only loss on the 2019 tab, finishing with a record of 10-1. Boyer tallied her 13th win on the 

Amherst, the 2019 NESCAC Champions, finalize their season with 50 goals, 30 assists, and 15 shutouts. Among national leaders in save percentage and shutout percentage, the Mammoths also saw representation from their team in all four major offensive categories in the NESCAC as well as three out of the four goalie categories.