Brisco's Two Goals Lift Amherst to 2-0 Win at Wesleyan

Amanda Brisco '14 scored both goals in Amherst's
2-0 win at Wesleyan.

MIDDLETOWN, MA – The Amherst College women’s soccer team insured that it would at least maintain its second-place position in the NESCAC standings with a 2-0 win over Little Three archrival Wesleyan this afternoon on the road. The win improves Amherst’s record to 6-5-2 (5-1-2 NESCAC) for the year, while Wesleyan falls to 3-4-4 (2-2-4) heading into the final week of the regular season.

In the 8th minute of the game, Amherst scored on its first corner kick of the day. The corner was played to the far post by Maureen Griffin (Morgan Hill, CA), where junior tri-captain Jill Kochanek (Pittsburgh, PA) headed the ball on frame. Wesleyan goalie Grace Bomann was there for the initial save, but Lord Jeff rookie Amanda Brisco (Houston, TX) pounced on the rebound with a pair of shots to push the ball over the line.

Eight minutes later, Brisco doubled her goal total and the Amherst lead with an impressive individual effort. After picking off a pass 35 yards out, Brisco exploded through the Cardinal defense and into a foot race with Bomann as she came off her line. The Lord Jeff first-year beat the Cardinal backstop to the ball, and calmly flicked a shot into the lower right corner with the outside of her right foot.

Wesleyan’s first scoring chance came with 17 minutes to play before half. On a long free kick, Laura Kurash challenged Amherst goalie Allie Horwitz (Woodbridge, CT) with a shot to the top corner of the goal. Horwitz was up to the task though, tipping the driven shot just over the crossbar.

Kochanek nearly pushed the Amherst lead to three goals in the 73rd minute, once again winning a header off a Griffin corner kick. Kochanek made a run to the middle of the goal, but her glancing header was pushed off the far post by reserve goalie Clare Colton.

Amherst was able to close out the win without surrendering a goal as Wesleyan pushed a third forward up the field in the final portion of the game. Horwitz finished the day with five saves for the shutout win, while Bowmann and Colton combined for eight stops in net for the Cardinals.

After a 1-0 win at Williams earlier in the season and today’s result, Amherst captures the Little Three title. Brisco scored all three goals against the pair of archrivals this season. The Jeffs will face Trinity College at home on Friday at 3 p.m. for Senior Day 2010.