Jeffs Keep Unbeaten Streak Alive with 2-2 Tie Against Wesleyan

Senior tri-captain Heather Nowak
powered the Jeffs to a come-from-
behind tie against Wesleyan.

AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College women’s soccer team kept its unbeaten streak alive this afternoon with a 2-2 tie against visiting Wesleyan University at Homecoming. Amherst battled from behind to equalize twice during the game, but couldn’t come up with the game-winner despite playing two overtimes.

Wesleyan jumped out the gate in the third minute, pressuring Amherst and drawing a penalty kick. The Cardinals’ Sam Blank converted the penalty for the game’s opening score.

Amherst senior tri-captain Heather Nowak (New Haven, CT) refused to let Wesleyan ruin her last regular season home game as she found the back of the net in 29th minute on a gutsy, hard-nosed goal. Nowak pumped home a rebound in front of the Cardinal goal in traffic.

Amherst dominated the run of play all game, registering a season-high 31 shots, and recording 16 corner kicks. Nowak was the playmaker on corners, and created more than a dozen significant scoring chances off the free kicks.

The Cardinals took a 2-1 lead with just twenty minutes remaining in the second half when Nicole Gray took a loose bouncing ball in front of Amherst goalie Lili Ferguson (Winnetka, IL) and chipped it over the keeper’s head.

Off another corner kick with just 4:06 remaining, Amherst first-year Jackie Hirsch (Wilmette, IL) crossed a ball in to the mixer, where junior defender Alanna Darling (Charlton, MA) headed home the equalizer to send the game to overtime.

In the first overtime session, Amherst junior Natalie Ferraiolo (Palo Alto, CA) had a pair of breakaway chances. Andrea Guiliano, the Wesleyan keeper, forced Ferraiolo to take an early shot that sailed wide on the first chance, and then gobbled up an errant touch on the second chance.

In the final overtime period, Ferraiolo took a loose ball under control after another Nowak corner kick, and turned to fire on frame, but let the shot cruise over the crossbar. The final whistle blew before either team could find the net for a game-winner.

Amherst improved to 5-4-4 (5-1-2 NESCAC) on the season, and remains unbeaten in its last 5 games with a 4-0-2 mark. The Jeffs return to action next Saturday at Williams for their final regular season game at 11:00 a.m.