AMHERST, Mass. – Junior Emily Hester found the back of the net in the opening minutes of each half, as the No. 15 Amherst women's soccer team secured an 3-0 victory over NESCAC opponent Connecticut College on Hitchcock Field Sunday afternoon.
Amherst (6-2-0, 3-2-0 NESCAC)
Connecticut College (1-5-3, 0-3-3 NESCAC)
- The Camels dictated the pace for the majority of the opening half, however Amherst took a 1-0 lead into intermission and used the momentum from a strong final 10 minutes to drive its dominant play in the second half.
- 19 total shots were taken between the sides in the first 45 minutes of play, with Connecticut College narrowly edging the home team, 10-9.
- Hester would get Amherst on the board and score her second game winner of the season just 2:46 into play. Off a cross, Hester beat her defender to a 50-50 ball in the air and was able to use her body to redirect the ball past the Camel goalkeeper. First-year Maeve McNamara notched her team-leading third assist on the play.
- With Connecticut College on the attack, Holly Burwick '16 made a clutch save for the Purple & White in the 22nd minute to keep the one goal lead. After collecting the corner kick from Livi Block, Mackenzie Kingston sent a hard shot from just inside the box on net, but Burwick was up to the task, making a jumping save with two Camels rushing towards her.
- Similar to the first half, it would take Hester only 2:21 into the second period to tally her team-leading fourth goal of the season. Taking advantage of a corner kick, Hester headed the pass from Sarah Zuckerman '17 off of Alex Santiago's fingertips and into the goal.
- McNamara would record her third point of the matchup and give Amherst a 3-0 lead with 32:05 remaining in the game. Lined up 10 yards outside the box for the Purple & White's fifth corner kick of the day, McNamara got her foot on the bouncing inbound cross and lofted the ball just over the reach of Santiago.
- Connecticut College held a slight advantage in corner kicks, 7-6, while the Purple & White edged the Camels in shots, 19-14.
- Hester, McNamara, and Zuckerman led the way for Amherst, accounting for all of the Purple & White's points on the day. Burwick collected six saves in 70:31 of action to earn the win, while first-year Chelsea Cutler notched 19:29 of play in a relief effort.
- Santiago registered seven saves for the Camels in the outing, while Michelle Medina and Alex Baltazar each recorded a team-leading three shots in the game.
- The Camels return home to take on Bates College in a NESCAC conference game Saturday, Oct. 10 at 11:30 a.m.