Amherst Finishes in 1-1 Deadlock with Springfield College

Moriarty2Once again this evening, Kate
Moriarty assisted on a goal.

From a Springfield College release

SPRINGFIELD, MA - Springfield senior Kayla Thibeault  found the back of the net with 13 minutes left in the game, but the Springfield College women’s soccer team couldn’t hang on as it tied the visiting Amherst Lord Jeffs, 1-1, on Wednesday evening. With the tie, the Pride move to 4-2-1, while Amherst improves to 2-1-1.

Amherst jumped all over the home squad with constant pressure to start the game, but the Pride defense stood tall as it withstood several early scoring chances from the Lord Jeffs. Natalie Ferrailo (Palo Alto, CA) had a terrific scoring chance as she had a breakaway that Springfield goalie Sue Jenney denied with just less than five minutes remaining in the opening half.

The teams ended the first half of play scoreless as Amherst held a 6-4 lead in shots.

However, the Pride came out of the half with plenty of energy as it controlled the second half from the onset.  The Pride nearly netted the first goal of the game as Nicole Hanewich  had a one-on-one opportunity with Amherst keeper Lili Ferguson (Winnetka, IL), but Ferguson snuffed out the Pride’s scoring change.

Thibeault finally put the Pride on the board as she took a nice feed from Caitlin Sawczuk during a Springfield counter attack. Thibeault took the feed from her left and bent a shot from the top of the box over the keeper’s head with 13 minutes to go in regulation.

The Lord Jeffs would not go away as they tied the game at one all 3:09 later. Off a corner kick, Mary Marvel (Williamsburg, MA) headed home the ball off a feed from Kate Moriarty (Westminster, MA) as Amherst seemed to regain the momentum.

Neither team could muster a solid scoring chance in overtime, as each squad had three shots in the extra sessions. Jenney finished with 14 saves in the game as she made several terrific stops.  Ferguson recorded seven saves for the visitors in the tie.

The Jeffs will travel to face Bowdoin College in NESCAC action on Saturday at 12 p.m.