Lord Jeffs Improve to 8-2 with Shutout Win at ECSU

Emily Little '13 scored both of Amherst's goals.

Courtesy of ECSU sports information

MANSFIELD, CT – Junior forward Kyla Woodhouse (Topsham, ME) and senior midfielder Meg Murphy (Springfield, MA) set up first-year Emily Little (Sherborn, MA) for goals in each half with perfect through-balls as the 15th-ranked Amherst College women’s soccer team handed unranked Eastern Connecticut State University its first home loss of the season, 2-0, Thursday night at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.

Playing its first road match after four straight at home, Amherst (8-2-0) won its third straight game by ending Eastern’s (6-4-3) home unbeaten streak. The Warriors had won three and tied two on their home turf prior to the match. Amherst, ranked second in New England, reached the quarterfinal round of last year’s NCAA Division III tournament.

Woodhouse sprung Little with a nice pass midway through the first half that set her up for a 1-on-1 opportunity with Eastern senior keeper Kim Church. With Church charging out, Little sent a low shot from the right side inside the left post for the first goal of the match.

Amherst added an insurance goal with eight minutes left in regulation when Murphy directed a pass near midfield through open space to Little, who was cutting diagonally to her right. Little carried through the box and slid a ground ball inside the far left post and beyond the dive of Church for her third goal of the season.

Amherst sophomore keeper Allie Horwitz (Woodbridge, CT) did not make a save in posting her fourth shutout this year in eight starts. Eastern had two of its best chances in a six-minute span early in the second half. On the first, senior back Christine Lemieux hit the cross bar from 20 yards. The rebound bounced directly in front of the cage but Eastern could not get a foot on the ball and it was eventually cleared. The second came on a shot by senior midfielder Sarah Swann with Horwitz off her line, but senior defender  Kathy Nolan (Palo Alto, CA) steered the ball from in front of the net.

Swann, the team leader with nine goals, managed only two shots as she was marked closely by Amherst sophomore defender Jess Wall (Glencoe, IL). Swann’s second chance of the game came on a pass from first-year midfielder Daniela Marchitto with 19 minutes left. Swann received the pass in close on the left side of the net, but her shot never made it to the goal as junior midfielder Maureen Griffin (Morgan Hill, CA) stopped it in front of Horwitz.

Eastern junior defender Lauren Hickey came up big on several occasions in front of Church to clear the ball away after the Lord Jeffs served balls to unmarked teammates in the box.

The Lord Jeffs will resume their NESCAC schedule when they travel to take on Colby College Saturday, Oct. 17 at 11 a.m.