Lord Jeffs Rout NESCAC Rival Middlebury 4-1 on the Road

Junior Meg Murphy scored
a pair of goals in the win.
MIDDLEBURY, VT - The Amherst College women's soccer team picked up its first win of the 2008 season this afternoon, routing NESCAC rival Middlebury College 4-1 in conference action. Amherst improves to 1-1-0 on the season and 1-0-0 in NESCAC play.

Amherst scored the first goal of the game in the 26th minute on a shot from sophomore forward Jacki Hirsch(Wilmette, IL) after an assist from first-year forward Livia Rizzo (Dover, MA). The goal was the first collegiate score for Hirsch, and the first collegiate assist for Rizzo.

Middlebury knotted the game up at 1-1 just three minutes down the road, as Caitlin Parker put home a Molly West feed past Amherst keeper Lili Ferguson (Winnetka, IL).

In the second frame, Amherst turned to junior midfielder Meg Murphy (Springfield, MA) for an answer to the Panthers' equalizer. Murphy responded with what would go down as the game-winning goal in the 61st minute.

Just 48 seconds later, Murphy set the wheels rolling for a Natalie Ferraiolo (Palo Alto, CA) score, putting the Jeffs up 3-1.

In the 71st minute, Murphy capped her day with a beautiful score on a free kick. The amazing performance will give Murphy a solid shot for NESCAC Player of the Week honors as she finished with two goals and an assist.

After a slow start to the game, Amherst proved to be the better team this afternoon, rolling to a victory while introducing a number of new faces to the rivalry.

The Jeffs will return home and take the week off before facing Bates College next Saturday at 12 p.m. in the home opener.