Women's Soccer Chalks up Seven Goals In Win Over Bates

Sophomore Jackie Hirsch
had a goal and an assist
in the win.
AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College women’s soccer team kicked off its 2008 home slate this afternoon on Hitchcock Field against visiting NESCAC rival Bates College. The Lord Jeffs scored early and often against the Bobcats, running away for a 7-0 victory, to improve to 2-0 in conference play.

Amherst jumped out of the gate, scoring just 2:10 into the first half of play. Senior midfielder Stephanie Yesnik (Arlington, VA) played a nice cross from the left side of the box, just off the end line back to junior Kathy Nolan (Palo Alto, CA) streaking in from the right wing. Nolan met the ball just feet from the goal and calmly one-touched a shot into the back of the net.

In the 21st minute, Amherst broke through once again, this time off the foot of leading scorer Meg Murphy (Springfield, MA). Murphy took control of the ball amidst a pair of Bobcat defenders near the top of the box, and hit a hard left-footed shot back across the goal inside the far post. The tally put the Jeffs up 2-0, and was the reigning NESCAC Player of the Week’s third goal in the last three halves of play.

It took just over five minutes before sophomore Jackie Hirsch (Wilmette, IL) pounced on a 50-50 ball inside the Bates box and buried Amherst’s third score of the half past Bobcat goalkeeper Britney French.

With just seven minutes remaining in the first half, sophomore Kyla Woodhouse (Topsham, ME) increased the Amherst advantage to 4-0. After a cross from the left wing by Hirsch, Woodhouse collected the ball and rattled home a bouncing shot to the far post.

At the half, Amherst held an 18-0 edge in shots, and an 8-0 advantage in corner kicks.

In the second half of action, Amherst added a trio of goals to finish the game with a 7-0 win. Picking up goals in the second half for the Jeffs were senior quad-captain Kate Moriarty (Westminster, MA), classmate Julia Cummings (Los Angeles, CA) and first-year Jill Kochanek (Pittsburgh, PA).

Moriarty scored from 30 yards on a free kick in the 57th minute to mark the first goal of her career, before senior Natalie Ferraiolo (Palo Alto, CA) assisted to Kochanek off a free kick in the 69th minute. Cummings provided the icing on the cake with less than seven minutes remaining, after taking down another set piece and scoring.

As the final whistle blew, Amherst held a 30-4 edge in shots and a 12-0 advantage in corners. The Jeffs used three keepers to combine for four saves and the shutout win, while Bates played a pair of goalies to turn away 11 Amherst shots in the loss.

Amherst improves to 2-1 on the season and 2-0 in the NESCAC, while Bates falls to 0-2 both overall and in the conference. The Jeffs will face Springfield College Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. on the road.