Sucre, Shepherd Earn Player of the Week Honors
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Federico Sucre '13
Sandy Shepherd '13
AMHERST, Mass. – Amherst College juniors Federico Sucre (Caracas, Venezuela) and Sandy Shepherd (Coronado, Calif.) have been named the NESCAC Men’s and Women’s Soccer Players of the Week for leading their respective teams to a pair of conference championships this past weekend.
Having recorded one goal and three assists in his previous 21 games, Sucre led the Lord Jeffs to their second conference title with the best weekend of his collegiate career. He had a hand in all four of Amherst’s goals while contributing to a defense that surrendered only one goal in the tournament.
With Amherst facing a 1-0 deficit against Middlebury in Saturday’s semifinals, Sucre scored the tying goal with 10 minutes remaining in regulation. Less than five minutes into the second overtime session he recorded the assist on a goal by Ben Norton ’14, helping the Jeffs avenge the loss they suffered to the Panthers in the 2010 semifinal round.
Sucre’s performance against Trinity in the title game was equally impressive, as he recorded another goal and assist. At 19:08 he helped put his team on the board by passing to a wide open Spencer Noon ’13, who gave the Jeffs a 1-0 lead that they carried into halftime. Less than three minutes into the second period Sucre gave Amherst breathing room when he scored on a header, which proved to be more than enough for the Jeffs to claim their second NESCAC crown.
Shepherd was equally valuable at Hitchcock Field this weekend, scoring a goal and assisting on another while contributing to a defense that surrendered only four shots on net. She entered the weekend with only one career point, as her first collegiate goal could not have come at a better time.
The Amherst women held a 13-2 advantage in shots after the first half of Saturday’s semifinal against Wesleyan, but the Jeffs did not get on the board until Shepherd sent a cross into the box and to the feet of Chloe McKenzie ’14, who put the hosts on the board at 48:27.
Amherst was less than eight minutes away from suffering a loss to Williams in the NESCAC finals for the second time in as many years, but the Jeffs tied the score at 1-1 when Kathryn Nathan ’13 lofted a shot over the Eph goalkeeper at 82:31. Shepherd notched her first collegiate goal less than three minutes later, finishing off a Nathan corner kick with a header that crossed the goal line with only 4:48 remaining in regulation.
Both teams will return to action this weekend when they host the opening rounds of the NCAA Tournament. The Lord Jeff men will take on Husson University, while the women will host Castleton State College. Game times will be announced Tuesday afternoon.
Watch the goals Sucre and Shepherd scored in Sunday's NESCAC title games