Women's Soccer Headed to Finals with 1-0 Win Over Middlebury

From a Williams College Release
TeamThe Amherst women's soccer team will play for the 2008 NESCAC
Championship tomorrow against Williams College.

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Amherst College junior Meg Murphy (Springfield, MA) scored with 12 minutes and 47 seconds left Saturday to break a scoreless tie and send the 2nd-seeded Lord Jeffs to a 1-0 win over third-seeded Middlebury in the NESCAC semifinals.

The Jeffs (11-1-3) advanced to the NESCAC championship game Sunday at noon, where they will face top-seeded Williams (15-0-1), the defending NESCAC champions. Amherst and Williams tied, 1-1, in their regular season meeting Oct, 25.

Saturday’s semifinal was scoreless until the 78th minute. Murphy received a pass from teammate Jess Wall (Glencoe, IL) 22 yards out on the left side. She cut back to the center, then fired a shot into the lower-left corner of the net out of the reach of Middlebury keeper Lauryn Torch. Murphy’s team-leading 11th goal of the season ultimately ended Middlebury’s season.

After the game’s opening 10 minutes, Amherst took control, out-shooting the Panthers 8-1 in the first half and 14-8 overall. The Jeffs had six corner kicks over the first 45 minutes to Middlebury’s one, but thanks to Torch a, found themselves in a scoreless tie at halftime.

The play in the second half was more back and forth. Middlebury appeared to take the lead with 25 minutes to go in the contest, when Anne Ford’s rocket from the right side of the box glanced off the hands of diving Amherst keeper Allie Horwitz (Woodbridge, CT). Middlebury’s Paola Cabonargi collected the rebound at the far post and one-touched the ball into the goal. She was called offside on the rebound and the score was nullified.

After Murphy’s goal, Middlebury pressed over the final 10 minutes, but the Amherst back line, led by senior Mary Marvel (Williamsburg, MA), held off the advances to close out the win.

Horwitz finished with four saves for the Jeffs, while Torch made three for Middlebury.