Jeffs Pick Up Road Win at Tufts, 1-0

Jackie Hirsch scored her third goal of the season, and second
game-winner in as many games.

MEDFORD, MA - The 5th-ranked Amherst College women's soccer team picked up a 1-0 road win over Tufts University this afternoon in NESCAC action. Amherst improves to 2-0 with the victory, and will travel to face Skidmore College tomorrow afternoon in non-conference play.

Neither side was able to score in the first half, as Amherst goaltender Allie Horwitz (Woodbridge, CT) kept her shutout streak in tact. In the season opener last Saturday, Horwitz played 67 minutes without giving up a score.

Just five minutes into the second half, Amherst broke the scoreless tie for the game's lone goal. Amherst first-year Kathryn Nathan (Pembroke, MA) played a beautiful through-ball to junior forward Kyla Woodhouse (Topsham, ME). Woodhouse took the pass and put a shot on net, only to see Tufts goalie Kate Minnehan make a save. There was a rebound after the save, which Amherst junior forward Jackie Hirsch (Willmette, IL) pounced on for her third goal in just two games this year.

Amherst's defense played exceptionally in the shutout, with senior Kathy Nolan (Palo Alto, CA), sophomores Alison Dorey (San Francisco, CA) and Jill Kochanek (Pittsburgh, PA), and Hanna St. Marie (Brooklyn, NY) really coming together as a unit in the effort. With just 10 minutes remaining in the second half, Kochanek kept a Tufts shot from going into the Amherst net with a crucial header. With the shutout win, Horwitz extended her shutout streak to two games and 157:00 minutes.

With the result, Amherst improves to 2-0 (2-0 NESCAC), while Tufts falls to 1-2 (0-2 NESCAC) with the loss. Amherst will travel to face Skidmore College Sunday at 2 p.m., before hosting Springfield College Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.