Lord Jeffs Rout Rival Panthers 6-1 at Home

Jill Kochanek scored a pair of goals in a 6-1 win over Middlebury.

AMHERST, MA - The 19th-ranked Amherst College women's soccer team routed 15th-ranked Middlebury College 6-1 this afternoon at Hitchcock Field in Amherst, Mass. The Lord Jeffs improved to 6-2 (4-1 NESCAC) with the conference win, while Middlebury drops to 7-1 (3-1) with its first loss of the season.

While the loss was just the first of the season for the Panthers, it was also a stark contrast to the rest of Middlebury's results after opening the season with a school-record 7-0 mark, and allowing just two goals in seven games. Middlebury had shutout its last four opponents, and snapped a defensive scoreless streak of 492:34 with Amherst's first goal in the 31st minute today.

That first goal came off the boot of sophomore Livia Rizzo (Dover, MA) on an unassisted score. After a long free kick ended in a bouncing ball in a crowd, Rizzo scored on a long strike from outside the 18-yard box. Amherst took a 2-0 lead just 78 seconds later, when junior forward Jackie Hirsch (Wilmette, IL) found first-year Emily Little (Sherborn, MA) with a cross for a slotted shot past Panther goalie Lauryn Torch.

Amherst defender Jill Kochanek (Pittsburgh, PA) scored the first of her two goals on the day in the 48th minute off a Maureen Griffen (Morgan Hill, CA) corner kick. Amherst rookie Hannah Cooper (Bethesda, MD) finished off an assist from Little at the 52:25 mark, before Kochanek scored her second goal less than two minutes later off a feed from senior co-captain Meg Murphy (Springfield, MA).

The final Lord Jeff goal may have been the best of the day, as Kyla Woodhouse (Topsham, ME) scored on a Griffen corner in the 65th minute. Woodhouse trapped the ball at the far post, cut back inside, and slammed a hard shot off the post with her left foot to put Amherst up 6-0.

Middlebury grabbed one goal back in the 73rd minute as Anne Ford found Lindsay Walker on a corner kick for a well-placed shot to the bottom left corner. The score was too little, too late, as Amherst cruised to the 6-1 victory.

Amherst goalies Allie Horwitz (Woodbridge, CT) and Claire Bennett (Westfield, NJ) combined to make 10 saves, while Torch finished the game with seven stops for Middlebury. The Lord Jeffs have a short turnaround, before hosting Bates College tomorrow afternoon in another crucial NESCAC tilt at Hitchcock Field.