Jeffs Stay Hot with 1-0 Overtime Win at Colby

Junior Kate Moriarty and the Amherst
defense registered their fifth shutout
in a win at Colby.

WATERVILLE, ME – The Amherst College women’s soccer team improved to .500 for the first time this season with a 1-0 overtime win at conference rival Colby College. The Jeffs, 4-4-3 overall, have found their stride at the right time of the year, and are 4-1-1 in NESCAC play.

Amherst controlled the run of play throughout the game, but was unable to generate significant scoring chances. The Jeffs were saved on the day by another strong performance from their backline defenders and goalie.

Junior Alanna Darling (Charlton, MA) played exceptional as a sweeper, while defenders Kate Moriarty (Westminster, MA) and Kathy Nolan (Palo Alto, CA) had another solid game beside her. Sophomore goalie Lili Ferguson (Winnetka, IL) made a handful of saves en route to her fifth shutout of the season.

The 0-0 game was finally ended when Amherst picked up the game-winner on an own-goal off a Colby defender in the first overtime period. Amherst junior Meg Murphy (Springfield, MA) crossed the ball in from the corner to a pair of streaking teammates. A Colby defender attempted to clear the pass out with her head, but the ball ended up in the back of the Mules net for the game-winner.

The scoreless regulation period was Amherst’s third of the season, but for the first time the Jeffs emerged with an overtime victory. The Jeffs finished double overtime sessions scoreless against both Eastern Conn. State and Middlebury College.

With the win, Amherst is unbeaten in its last four games, compiling a record of 3-0-1 over that span. The Jeffs have outscored their opponents by a 6-1 margin during the undefeated streak.

The Jeffs will return to action for a mid-week conference match-up at NESCAC rival Conn. College, Wednesday afternoon for a 4 p.m. kick-off.