#8 Amherst College 4, Connecticut College 0
Signor Stops 11 Shots in Season Finale for Camels
AMHERST, Mass. --(Amherst College Sports Information)Netting a pair of goals in the first 23 minutes, the eighth-ranked Amherst women's soccer team remained unbeaten, closing out the regular season with a 4-0 win over visiting Connecticut College.
Extending their win-streak to a program record 14 games, the Jeffs are now 6-0-1 against the Camels in the last seven meetings. The conference's top seed at 14-0-0 (9-0-0 NESCAC), Amherst will host Bowdoin at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29 in a quarterfinal matchup on Hitchcock Field.
Hoping to get off to a fast start, Connecticut College junior midfielder Ali McKeigue received the ball on the left side of the Amherst 18 less than three minutes after the opening whistle. Turning to goal, the Arlington, Mass. Native ripped a rising shot that rattled off the crossbar, narrowly missing a chance to put the Camels on top.
Moments later, Amherst went on the offensive, with Chloe McKenzie '14 (Upper Marlboro, Md.) making a run down the far side before firing a shot just high of goal. Continuing to apply pressure, Sarah Duffy '14 (Fairfield, Con.) sailed another shot high at 3:43 as the Jeffs began to control possession in the attacking third.
Still searching for their first score in the fifth minute, Duffy tracked down a loose ball inside the six-yard box before blasting a shot from point blank range that prompted a diving Natalie Signor '15 save. An active Duffy generated another scoring opportunity less than two minutes later, centering a low cross into the box toward first-year Mel Stier (Deerfield, Mass.) on the far post, but senior defender Kate Driscoll (Peabody, Mass.) cleared the ball at the last second to deny the charging forward a chance at an open net.
A persistent Amherst attack finally broke through in the 14th minute. Heading toward the near corner, McKenzie played a cross across the face of the goal, finding the feet of junior Kathryn Nathan (Pembroke, Mass.). Taking a quick touch to avoid Signor, Nathan slotted the ball inside the right post at 13:48 to put the Jeffs on the board.
Looking to add to their lead in the 23rd minute Amherst won a corner to the right of the Camel goal. Playing it short, Nathan found senior Allison Dorey (San Francisco, Calif.), who swung a cross into the middle of the box. Winning the ball in the air, Duffy headed it into the back of the Conn. College netting for her team-high 12th marker of the year.
Earning another set piece with a corner from the left flag in the 31st minute, Jill Kochanek (Pittsburgh, Pa.) headed the ball on net, resulting in another Signor stop. Unable to control the rebound, the busy keeper needed to make another save on Duffy's sliding attempt to keep the Camels within two.
Later in the frame, after Signor beat out an oncoming Amanda Brisco '14 (Houston, Texas) to a long ball at the top of the 18, Connecticut College switched fields hoping to generate a couple of scoring chances.
Following an Amherst foul in the 35th minute, Driscoll fired a shot that got blocked down by the Jeff defense. Off of another foul minutes later, first-year Emma Stacey looked to momentarily have a clear path on net, but an alert Amherst backline again blocked down the try before it could threaten the Jeff goal, preserving the 2-0 lead heading into the intermission.
Hoping to put the game away, Amherst came out firing to start the second, burying another goal less than five minutes into the stanza. Playing on the right side, Duffy sent a cross into the middle of the box to junior Emily Little (Sherborn, Mass.), who tapped home the Jeff's third goal at 49:18.
After almost adding to their total with several close calls over the next half hour, Amherst capped off scoring with just under 14 to go when Sara Abrahams '14 (Williamsburg, Va.) headed in a Kate Sisk '14 (Sudbury, Mass.) cross for her first career score.
Surrendering just three shots in each half, the Jeffs finished with a decisive 30-6 shot advantage and a 11-2 edge in corners. Amherst senior goalkeeper Allie Horwitz (Woodbridge, Conn.) only had to make one save en route to her 14th win of the season, while Signor made 11 stops in the loss.
Camel Tracks (Not Including Wednesday's Action): First year forward Grace Bilodeau (Harvard, Mass.) is tied for sixth place in the NESCAC with six goals scored and ranks ninth in the conference with 12 points.
Rookie net-minder Natalie Signor has stopped 60 shots to rank fourth in the conference. Senior Brigi Palatino (Ludlow, Mass.) scored her second goal of the season in a 2-1 loss to Wesleyan Thursday.
October 26, 2011