Amherst Drops Tough Game to Middlebury 4-3 in Overtime

Jackie Hirsch scored a pair of goals in the loss at Middlebury.

from a Middlebury College release

MIDDLEBURY, VT – The Middlebury College women’s soccer team scored three goals in the game’s final 9:08 to tie the game and then tallied the game-winner just 5:13 into overtime to earn a comeback win over 25th-ranked Amherst College today. Middlebury’s Scarlett Kirk couldn’t have picked a better time to score the first three markers of her career, earning a hat-trick in the game. The Panthers win their fourth straight to move to 5-2-1 overall and 3-2 in NESCAC play.
The match was evenly played with Middlebury holding a slim 19-18 shots advantage in the game. Amherst scored the only goal of the first half, as Jackie Hirsch (Wilmette, IL) beat a diving Lauryn Torch to her left with a shot from 12 yards out.
Emily Little (Sherborn, MA) finished off a scramble just 2:18 into the second half to give the Jeffs a 2-0 advantage. Hirsch scored her second of the game at the 59:23 mark to give Amherst a commanding 3-0 lead. Kyla Woodhouse (Topsham, ME) sent in a crossing pass that Hirsch put home from the far post.

Kirk scored her first of the game at the 80:52 mark, finishing off a flurry after a cross from Julia Favorito. Middlebury made it a one-goal game at 84:09, when Kirk scored with a header on a corner kick from Kirsten Lundquist.

The Panthers came all the way back with 2:57 remaining, when Rachel Madding scored her first of the year. Nora Tomlinson-Weintraub crossed a ball which Madding trapped with her chest, before scoring with a shot to the top right corner to tie the game at 3-3.

Middlebury was peppering the Amherst net five minutes into the overtime, with Madding earning a pair shots that were denied as well as Kirk. The rookie was able to finish the scramble 5:13 into overtime to give the Panthers the 4-3 win.
Torch ended the game with 10 saves for the Panthers, while Allie Horiwtz (Woodbridge, CT) and Claire Bennett (Westfield, NJ) both saw time for Amherst in the loss.

Amherst returns to action on Wednesday afternoon against Eastern Connecticut College at 4 p.m. The Jeffs will play four of their five remaining games at home, where Amherst has lost just this season.