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Zsitvay Scores Amherst's Lone Goal in 1-0 Win Over Wesleyan

Contact: Mike O'Brien

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Zsitvay.jpgAMHERST, Mass. – Krista Zsitvay ’14 scored the game-winner to lift the seventh-ranked and top-seeded Amherst field hockey team to a 1-0 win over eight-seeded Wesleyan in NESCAC quarterfinal action Saturday at Gooding Field.

With the win, Amherst (13-2, 9-1 NESCAC) improved to 3-0 all-time in conference postseason play against its Little Three rival Wesleyan (6-9, 4-6 NESCAC).

The Cardinals posed the first scoring threat of the game at the 16th minute off consecutive attempts from Mackey Hemphill ’15. The junior’s first shot hit the post before Amherst goalkeeper Rachel Tannenbaum ’15 made a great diving save to protect the second attack.

The Jeffs retaliated roughly eight minutes later when Ellie Andersen ’15 found Zsitvay off a corner pass as the senior notched her 12th goal of the season, hitting the lower left side of the net on a perfect placement to give Amherst a 1-0 advantage.

Zsitvay nearly added an insurance tally with just over four minutes remaining in the half but Cardinals goalkeeper Sara Grundy ’16 made a great diving save.

Following the break, Wesleyan came out strong and posted four shots on net in less than three minutes of play. With a chance to score, Annie Turnbull ’16 stepped in and protected the Jeffs lead with a defensive save at the 37th minute.

Amherst went on the offensive and posted six shots on goal in the final 27 minutes while a stingy Jeffs defense kept the Cardinals from attempting another opportunity.

The lone first half goal was all Amherst needed to defeat Wesleyan for the second time this season. The Jeffs held a 13-7 advantage in shots and a decisive 13-3 edge in corners.

Tannenbaum earned her third shutout of the season with five saves while Grundy made 10 stops in net for the Cardinals.

Amherst will host the NESCAC semifinals on Saturday, Nov. 9 and will face fourth-seeded Middlebury.

2013 NESCAC FIELD HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIP

Saturday, Nov. 2 at Higher Seeds
Quarterfinal Games
No. 8 Wesleyan, 0 at No. 1 Amherst, 1
No. 7 Williams, 0 at No. 2 Tufts, 3
No. 6 Trinity, 1 at No. 3 Bowdoin, 6
No. 5 Colby, 0 at No. 4 Middlebury, 3

Saturday, Nov. 9 at Amherst
Semifinals
No. 4 Middlebury at No. 1 Amherst - 11 a.m.
No. 3 Bowdoin vs. No. 2 Tufts - 1:30 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 10
Final - 12 p.m.
Semifinal winners