Jeffs Top Keene State 4-1 for Tenth Win of 2009

First-year Emily Little scored two goals, including
the game-winner at Keene State.

From a Keene State release

KEENE, N.H. - The 15h-ranked Amherst College women's soccer team topped Keene State College 4-1 this evening in non-conference road action for the Lord Jeffs tenth win of 2009. Amherst improves to 10-2-0 with the victory, and has won five straight games since a 3-0 loss to Williams College on October 3.

First-year Emily Little (Sherborn, MA) netted two goals to lead the Jeffs in the win at Owl Athletic Complex.

First-year Kathryn Nathan (Pemborke, MA) gave Amherst College a 1-0 lead at the 13:03 mark of the first half.  Taking a crossing ball from junior Kyla Woodhouse (Topsham, ME), Nathan’s shot from the top of the box eluded the grasp of KSC sophomore goalie Megan Dempsey (East Weymouth, MA).

Dempsey kept it a one goal game when she came out of the net and got a foot on a breakaway bid by Little at the 25:16 mark.  Little didn’t miss the next time.  With Dempsey pulled out of the net, she put the ball into an open net to extend the Lord Jeffs lead to 2-0 with 10 minutes to play in the first half.

Little made it a 3-0 game 26 seconds into the second half with her second goal of the game, a shot from the left side that found the far back corner of the net.

Junior Katie Bradford (Lebanon, N.H.) had the best chance to get KSC on the board, but her drive from inside the box hit off the outside post.

Amherst senior co-captain Meg Murphy (Springfield, MA) added to the Lord Jeffs lead with a goal at the 52:44 mark, with junior Caitlin O’Malley (Medfield, MA) assisting on the goal.

Keene’s Joan Hamel (Weare, N.H.) prevented the shutout with her third goal in the last three games to make it a 4-1 with a 69th minute score.

With just 17:20 to play, Little, looking for the hat trick, broke in alone, but Dempsey came out and got a hand on her shot. Later in the half, Dempsey, who tied a career high with seven saves, came out of her net again and denied an attempt by first-year Hannah Cooper (Bethesda, MD). 

Sophomore Allie Horwitz (Woodbridge, Conn.) started in goal for Amherst and made two saves.  She increased her active shutout streak to 386:00 minutes.  Sophomore Claire Bennett played the final 30 minutes and also stopped a pair of Owl shots.

Amherst will take the rest of the week off before hosting NESCAC and Little Three archrival Wesleyan University at 2 p.m. Saturday for a Homecoming tilt.