Lord Jeffs Suffer 1-0 Defeat to Skidmore at Home

Senior tri-captain Kyla Woodhouse returned
to the Amherst lineup in a 1-0 loss to
Skidmore this afternoon at home.

AMHERST, MA – The 25th-ranked Amherst College women’s soccer team played host to visiting non-conference foe Skidmore College this afternoon at Hitchcock Field. Amherst held a 7-3 edge in shots on goal, but a 30th-minute score by Skidmore’s Christine Bellotti was the difference in a 1-0 result for the Thoroughbreds.

Today’s game marked the return of Amherst senior tri-captain Kyla Woodhouse (Topsham, ME) and junior goalie Allie Horwitz (Woodbridge, CT) to the pitch. Horwitz played in three games at the start of the season before being injured against Bates, while Woodhouse made her first appearance of 2010 today. Both players were inserted directly into the starting lineup against the Thoroughbreds.

In the 16th minute, Amherst rookie Amanda Brisco (Houston, TX) broke free from the Thoroughbred back line. Her breakaway toe-poke was cleared out of danger by Skidmore goalie Meghan Sleezer, who came off her line strong to slide in for the save.

With just over 24 minutes to play in the first half, Amherst senior tri-captain Jackie Hirsch (Wilmette, IL) drew a foul at the top of the box going one against three. On the ensuing free kick, Kathryn Nathan (Pembroke, MA) lofted a shot over the wall that flew just over the Skidmore crossbar for a goal kick.

Skidmore scored the game’s only goal with 15:34 to play in the first half. Against the run of play, Alyssa Miller played a long ball into the Amherst goal mouth, where Bellotti beat Horwitz off her line for a soft header that trickled into the lower right corner.

In the final minute of the first half, Amherst junior Livia Rizzo (Dover, MA) had a blocked header fall to her feet at the top of the Skidmore 18-yard box. Her first-time shot sailed over Sleezer and the Thoroughbred goal, sending Amherst into the break trailing 1-0.

Skidmore had the first few scoring chances of the second half, but in the 58th minute Amherst rookie Ellen Ingebritsen (Portola Valley, CA) nearly equalized. Hirsch beat a defender to the end line and served a perfect ball to a wide open Ingebritsen at the far post, but her header went over the crossbar.

The Thoroughbreds were inches from doubling their lead at the midpoint of the second half. Off a corner kick, the ball fell to an unmarked Elena Stansky in the middle of the Amherst goal box. The ball bounced high on Stansky, forcing her shot to sail over the Amherst net.

In the final third of the game, Amherst continued to pressure the Skidmore defense and create scoring chances. Despite the strong effort until the final whistle, Amherst was unable to solve the Thoroughbred defense for an equalizer.

The loss drops Amherst to 3-2-2 overall, while Skidmore improves to 4-3-2 on the year. The Lord Jeffs will return to action Saturday at 1:30 p.m. for a crucial conference tilt at NESCAC and Little Three archrival Williams College.