Amherst Upsets No. 16 Wheaton, 2-1
Junior Kathy Nolan had an assist and a goal in the Jeffs' 2-1 win.
NORTON, MA – The 16th-ranked Wheaton College women's soccer team carried a one-goal edge into the half against visiting Amherst College on Wednesday, but it wasn't enough as the Lord Jeffs tallied twice en route to a 2-1 non-conference victory between two of the region's top teams in Mirrione Stadium.
Wheaton broke into the scoring column in the 25th minute, as sophomore Emily Hough distributed a cross from the right side to classmate Melida Alvarez, who headed home her team-leading ninth goal of the fall.
The visitors nearly tied the score just over a minute later when a long shot off the foot of sophomore Kyla Woodhouse (Topsham, ME) smacked the crossbar. At the break, the Blue and White held an 11-9 shot edge, and the Lord Jeffs had taken three of the game’s four corner kicks.
Amherst tied the contest in the 61st minute when junior Meg Murphy (Springfield, MA) got just enough leg on her shot to trickle the ball over the goal line after taking a cross from senior Kathy Nolan (Palo Alto, CA). Nolan eventually picked up the winner with just 6:41 to play. After a cross from first-year Livia Rizzo (Dover, MA) came off the hands of the Wheaton keeper, Nolan tapped a shot into a wide-open net.
The Lyons’ best scoring opportunity of the second period took place in the 72nd minute, as Alvarez dribbled deep into the box on the left side before pushing the ball just to the right of the cage. First-year goalie Lindsay Leddy took the loss despite turning away a season-best eight shots, while Amherst junior Lili Ferguson (Winnetka, IL) finished with six saves.
Shots were even at 18 apiece, while the Lord Jeffs finished with a 5-2 edge in corners.
Wheaton suffered its second loss in three games in falling to 9-3, while Amherst improved to 3-1-2 as the region's sixth-ranked squad. Today’s Lord Jeff win marked just their second over the Lyons in the last nine meetings.
The Lord Jeffs return to action Saturday, Oct. 4 when they host Tufts University at 12 p.m.