SOMERVILLE - Quality opportunities produced by Amherst College forwards led to a 3-0 NESCAC victory for the Mammoths over Tufts Women's Soccer on Saturday afternoon at Kraft Field.
|Taylor Koscho defended well, while producing the Jumbos' best scoring oppurtunity.|
Early on, the Jumbos looked comfortable, as they typically do when they are feeling out opponents. The defensive back line of Jamie Corley, Sarah Maloney, and Taylor Koscho showed exactly why Tufts opts to leave just three in their back line. This experienced trio portrayed a bend-not-break attitude, as Amherst controlled the ball a lot early on, but whenever they attempted to enter the offensive third of the field, one of Tufts backs was on them, forcing a turnover.
However, Amherst then opened the scoring up with 20 minutes left in the first half when defender Sloan Askins fired an unexpected, deep shot from just outside the box. Askins picked her corner well as the ball grazed the outstretched fingertips of Tufts goalkeeper Emily Bowers.
The Mammoths of Amherst wasted no time getting back after it, as just five minutes later freshman Ruby Hastie was able to convert a goal off a few unfortunate ricochets for Tufts. Amherst had gotten out on a fast break, Bowers stopped the initial attack with a deflection, and as the teams fought for the loose ball, Hastie's foot emerged and knocked it in the bottom left corner.
When the second half began, Tufts looked much more relaxed and settled in. The Jumbos were generating several scoring chances, but Amherst was not giving easy looks for the Jumbo forwards. Tufts actually fired 18 shots to Amherst's 11, however the Mammoths placed seven shots on goal, whereas the Jumbos only placed four. Physicality played a major factor in this one, with 19 total fouls being called, along with one yellow card.
Quality of opportunities proved to be more important than quantity in this one as leading scorer Alexa Juarez converted Amherst's third and final goal of the game in the 52nd minute. She challenged two Tufts defenders and despite being down in numbers, fired a rocket past the reach of Bowers.
Tufts' offensive attack was led by Koscho with two shots on net, one of which was only stopped due to a fantastic diving save from Amherst goalkeeper Antonia Tammaro. Amherst was led in shots by Juarez with two, accompanied by her one goal. Jumbo goalkeeper Emily Bowers saved four of the seven shots on goal she faced, while Amherst goalkeeper Antonia Tammaro stopped all four shots she faced.
Despite the loss, Tufts will remain hovering around the top of the NESCAC conference. The Mammoths resume action tomorrow at home versus Bates, while the Jumbos return to Kraft Field once again tomorrow at noon to face off with Hamilton.
Written by Athletic Communications Intern Garrett Kerr