Amherst Blanked by Skidmore for First Loss of 2009
Sophomore Allie Horwitz made six saves against Skidmore.
Courtesy of Skidmore College
SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY – The fifth-ranked Amherst College women’s soccer team was upset by Skidmore College Sunday afternoon at Wachenheim Field. The Lord Jeffs fall to 2-1 on the season, while the Thoroughbreds improve to 5-1-1 and increase their unbeaten streak to six games.
The Thoroughbreds got the scoring started early when Emily Quirk’s crossing pass got through the Lord Jeff defense and first-year Rebecca Russo collected the ball in the air and put it past Amherst keeper Allie Horwitz (Woodbridge, CT) at the 4:20 mark. It was Russo’s first collegiate goal.
The Skidmore defense did not allow the Lord Jeffs many quality chances throughout the game. The biggest Amherst threat came early in the second half when a direct kick made its way to Jackie Hirsch (Wilmette, IL), who flicked a header toward the goal. Skidmore defender Lindsay Schmitt came up with a big play when she blocked Hirsch’s attempt to keep the Lord Jeffs off the scoreboard.
Amherst put in a solid effort in the second half but was unable to find the back of the net. Thoroughbred goalie Megan Sleezer was tough in net with seven saves, including a diving stop with less than 15 minutes left for her fourth shutout of the season. Horwitz made six saves for Amherst.
The Jeffs held a 12-10 advantage in shots, including a 6-4 edge in the second half. Amherst took four corner kicks to Skidmore’s two, three of which came in the second frame.
The Lord Jeffs return to action Wednesday, Sept. 23 when they host Springfield College at 4:30 p.m. on Hitchcock Field.