AMHERST, Mass. – Freshman Mya Johnson (Old Lyme, Conn.) netted her fifth goal of the season in the opening minutes of regulation to help lead the Connecticut College women's soccer team to an eye-opening 1-0 road victory over No. 7 Amherst on Saturday afternoon.
Amherst (4-1, NESCAC 2-1) had a promising opportunity in the fourth minute thwarted by the Camel defense, and the ball found Johnson on the right sideline just past the middle of the field. After touching the ball and evading a Mammoth player, the speedy freshman bolted down the field and finished with a left-footed shot that she pocketed into the right corner of the net.
Following Johnson's early goal which was also the first conceded by Amherst in five matches, both teams had several chances to find the back of the net before recess. Navva Sedigh fired a shot from the top of the box in the 37th minute, but junior Katy Pelletier (Topsfield, Mass.) was able to make one of her four saves in the frame to keep the visitors off the board. Johnson had additional chances to extend the Camel lead, only to see Mammoth goalkeeper Toni Tammaro extend herself to deflect the ball out of play.
The Mammoths continued to apply pressure throughout the second half and unleashed 19 shots in the final 45 minutes of action. However, Pelletier and the Camel defense held their ground to keep the hosts off the scoreboard. Pelletier stopped an additional five shots, which included punching a free kick away through a scrum of players from both teams, and the Camels escaped with their sixth consecutive victory to remain undefeated.
Pelletier picked up her third shutout victory of the season by making nine crucial saves for Connecticut College, which was outshot by a 29-14 margin. Amherst's Tammaro turned away six Camel shots in the setback.
Connecticut College (6-0, NESCAC 3-0) will continue a challenging stretch of facing three consecutive nationally-ranked opponents on the road when it next travels to face No. 3 Middlebury on Saturday, Sept. 28 at 11 a.m.