Jeffs Handed First Loss of Season by Springfield, 3-1

Hannah Cooper '13 cut Amherst's deficit in half in the 39th minute of regulation.

Courtesy of Springfield College

SPRINGFIELD, MA – The 16th-ranked Amherst College women's soccer team surrendered a pair of goals in the opening 15 minutes of the game en route to being upset by Springfield College, 3-1, in a non-conference battle Wednesday evening at the Irv Schmid Sports Complex.

The win boosts Springfield's record to 4-3 on the season, while the Lord Jeffs suffered their first loss of the year to drop to 3-1-1. Amherst entered the contest ranked 16th in the nation and second in New England, while the Pride were the eighth-ranked team in the region.  

Springfield took control from the opening whistle and owned nearly all of the possession in the opening minutes of the game. Springfield set the offensive tone early as Katie Mantie broke free on the right flank, only to have her shot ricochet off the post 34 seconds into the contest.

The Pride eventually broke through at the 11:58 mark as Erica Donnelly corralled the rebound off Jackie Moscardelli's blocked shot and lofted an attempt from 25 yards out that found the upper right corner of the net.

Just 2:17 later, Springfield added to its lead as Mantie slotted home a goal off a tough angle from just outside the right side of the 18-yard box to give the hosts a 2-0 advantage.

The visitors gradually found their rhythm as they picked up the tempo and pace of the game over the final 20 minutes of the first half. Amherst was able to cut into the two-goal deficit with 6:18 remaining in the frame after sophomore Hannah Cooper (Bethesda, MD) found the back of the net. After an initial attempt by first-year Elizabeth Ludlow (Huntington, NY) was saved by Erin Greenstein, the ball deflected off the left post to Cooper, who put home a goal from inside the six-yard box.

Courtney Price tacked on an insurance goal in the 76th minute as she flicked home a Mantie corner kick into the bottom left of the goal.

Greenstein picked up the win by posting five saves between the pipes for Springfield. Junior goalkeeper Claire Bennett (Westfield, NJ) took the loss for the Lord Jeffs as she made four saves. Springfield finished the game with a 12-11 edge in shots, while Amherst held a 5-3 advantage in corners.

Wednesday marked the third consecutive game in which Cooper recorded at least one point for Amherst.

The Lord Jeffs will return to action Saturday, Sept. 25, when they host Connecticut College (2-2, 0-2 NESCAC) on Hitchcock Field at noon.