Lord Jeffs Top Wesleyan 2-0 at Home in Little Three Play

Jackie Hirsch scored both Amherst goals in the win.

AMHERST, MA – The 11th-ranked Amherst College women’s soccer team held off NESCAC and Little Three archrival Wesleyan University 2-0 this afternoon at home to improve to 11-2-0 (7-1-0 NESCAC) on the year. With the defeat, the Cardinals fall to 7-5-1 (3-5-0 NESCAC) this season.

With the result, Amherst increased its unbeaten streak against Wesleyan to 17 games, having posted a 16-0-1 record against the Cardinals since 1993. Additionally, Amherst goalie Allie Horwitz (Woodbridge, CT) extended her personal shutout streak to 476:00 consecutive minutes after going the distance in net today.

Amherst took a 1-0 lead just 8:04 into the game, as junior Jackie Hirsch (Wilmette, IL) put home her fifth score of the year. After a long pass was played into the Wesleyan goal box creating a scramble, Hirsch pounced on the loose ball and punched home a score from just six yards out.

In the 28th minute, Amherst doubled its lead on Hirsch’s sixth goal of the season. The scoring play started with a long pass into senior co-captain Meg Murphy’s (Springfield, MA) feet from an Amherst outside defender. Murphy turned and laid a perfect through ball for Jess Wall (Glencoe, IL) to run on to. Wall carried the ball to the end line, before slotting a pass back for Hirsch to one-time past Wesleyan goalie Kate Connolly-Smithwick.

The pair of Hirsch scores was all that Amherst needed to pull out the 2-0 victory. The Lord Jeff defense played very well in the win, with Horwitz needing to make just four saves for the shutout victory. Connolly-Smithwick made 11 saves in net for the Cardinals in the loss. Also playing well for Wesleyan in the defeat was rookie Laura Kurash, who appeared in just her second game after returning from injury.

With the win, Amherst sits in a two-way tie with Middlebury in the current NESCAC standings with just one game remaining in the regular season, and has already clinched a home game in the quarterfinal round of the upcoming NESCAC Championship Tournament.