Amherst Tops Colby 6-0 to Remain Unbeaten in NESCAC Play

Meg Murphy had a hat-trick in a 6-0 win over Colby.
AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College women’s soccer team put its undefeated NESCAC mark on the line this afternoon in conference action against the visiting Colby College Mules at Hitchcock Field. The Lord Jeffs emerged with their conference unbeaten record intact, winning 6-0.

Amherst had two early chances off the foot of first-year Livia Rizzo (Dover, MA) inside of the first five minutes. The Lord Jeff’s pressure paid dividends in just the seventh minute as an initial shot was stopped by Colby goalie Loni Pisani. The rebound came straight to Rizzo who headed it across the frame to senior winger Stephanie Yesnik (Arlington, VA), who pounded the ball into the net.

Amherst doubled its lead in the 26th minute of the first half, on a beautiful unassisted score by sophomore Kyla Woodhouse (Topsham, ME). The second-year striker scored on a long shot over Pisani, from nearly 35 yards out, for her fourth goal of the season.

The Lord Jeffs needed just ten minutes more before scoring their third goal of the half. This time, Woodhouse crossed a ball from the left wing into junior points-leader Meg Murphy (Springfield, MA), who calmed trapped and pushed the ball past Pisani.

At the half, Amherst looked dominate with a 3-0 advantage. The Jeffs had a 12-0 edge in shots, with a pair of corner kicks to zero for Colby.

In the second half of play, it was more of the same from the Lord Jeffs who ultimately tacked on another three scores en route to a 6-0 win. The first two goals of the second half came in the 62nd and 63rd minutes, both from Murphy. The midfielder’s second score of the game came of a cross from senior Mary Marvel (Williamsburg, MA), before capping her day with an unassisted score.

The final Amherst goal came in the 82nd minute from junior reserve Cami Farkas (Cambridge, MA). Farkas was set up by some fancy footwork, and a cross by sophomore Jackie Hirsch (Wilmette, IL), before heading the ball in.

Colby finished the game without putting a single shot on Amherst's goal-keeping pair of Lili Ferguson (Winnetka, IL) and Ali Horwitz (Woodbridge, CT). Pisani made four saves in net for Colby in 72 minutes of play, before giving way to Rachel Freierman.

The win pushes Amherst to 6-1-2 (5-0-1 NESCAC), while dropping the Mules to 4-4-0 (1-4 NESCAC).  Amherst will have the better half of a week off, before hosting Eastern Connecticut State University on Thursday evening at 8 p.m. in the second half of a double-header with the Amherst Field Hockey team.