Amherst Shuts Out Eastern Connecticut State, 2-0

First-year Allie Horwitz made two saves to pick up the shutout.
AMHERST, MA – The ninth-ranked Amherst College women’s soccer team earned a 2-0 win over visiting Eastern Connecticut State University to increase its winning streak to five games and its unbeaten streak to nine games. The Lord Jeffs improve to 7-1-2, while the Warriors fall to 7-3-1.

Amherst’s first scoring chance came 15 minutes into the game when sophomore Kyla Woodhouse (Topsham, ME) crossed the ball to first-year Livia Rizzo (Dover, MA), whose header was right on target but was punched out of bounds on a great play by junior goalkeeper Kim Church.

The Warriors took advantage of Church’s great play and went on a quick counterattack, finding junior Sarah Swann streaking up the left wing. Swann took the ball straight to goal but couldn’t get enough power behind her shot, as first-year Allie Horwitz (Woodbridge, CT) dropped to her left to make the save.

Eastern Connecticut had another prime scoring opportunity on a corner kick with 15 minutes remaining in the first half, but Amherst senior Stephanie Yesnik (Arlington, VA) was able to head the ball out of bounds. The Warriors got off a shot on the ensuing corner kick attempt, but the ball sailed 10 yards above the goal to end the threat.

The Jeffs broke the scoreless tie in the 41st minute when junior Meg Murphy (Springfield, MA) found junior Kathy Nolan (Palo Alto, CA) running up the right wing. Nolan got off a solid cross and found Rizzo, who sent a one-timer toward the net. Church made an athletic play and was able to get a hand on the ball, but it bounced in the right direction for Amherst and slowly trickled over the goal line to put the hosts ahead, 1-0.

Amherst out-shot Eastern Connecticut 7-1 in the opening half, forcing Church to come up with five saves. The Lord Jeffs took six corners and allowed only one in the first 45 minutes, with Horwitz needing to make only one stop.

The Warriors placed a good corner kick in the box with 30 minutes remaining in regulation, but Horwitz rose above the crowd to punch the ball away. Rizzo got herself open for a shot in the box five minutes later, but Church was once again able to smother the ball, as both goalies were kept busy throughout the half.

The hosts added to their lead just three minutes later when sophomore Jackie Hirsch (Wilmette, IL) flicked the ball ahead to Woodhouse, who used the outside of her foot to sneak a shot inside the near post, giving Amherst a 2-0 advantage. The Jeffs nearly made it a 3-0 game when senior Mary Marvel (Williamsburg, MA) drilled a shot straight for the back of the net, but a Warrior defender was perfectly placed on the inside post and was able to clear the ball.

Eastern Connecticut made a final push and played hard to the final whistle, but Amherst was able to preserve the shutout. Church finished with eight saves, while Horwitz had a pair.

Amherst has out-scored its opponents 16-4 during its five-game winning streak after scoring just 17 goals in the entire 2007 season.

The Lord Jeffs return to action Saturday, Oct. 18 when they head to Wesleyan University for a 12 p.m. Little Three matchup with the Cardinals.