No. 2 Amherst to Host NESCAC Final Weekend with 3-2 Win Over Bowdoin

Amanda Brisco '14 scored the game-winner to bring
the NESCAC semis and final to Amherst.

AMHERST, MA – The No. 2 seed Amherst College women’s soccer team pulled out a 3-2 win over No. 7 seed Bowdoin College this afternoon in the quarterfinal round of the 2010 NESCAC Championship. With the win, and a loss by the top-seeded Tufts University Jumbos, Amherst is the highest remaining seed in the tournament and will host next weekend’s semifinals and championship.

The Lord Jeffs improve to 7-6-2 and will take on No. 8 Bates next Saturday at 11:00 a.m. In the other semifinal, Middlebury and Williams will play at 1:30 p.m. The two winning teams will play for the 2010 NESCAC title on Sunday at 12 p.m.

For the second time this season, Bowdoin scored the game’s first goal in this matchup. Bowdoin points-leader Ellery Gould (E. Sandwich, MA) scored her 12th goal of the year, ending up one-on-one with Amherst goalie Allie Horwitz (Woodbridge, CT) on a breakaway. Gould calmly tapped the ball past the Horwitz for the score in the second minute.

Amherst responded with an equalizer in the 14th minute. Senior tri-captain Jackie Hirsch (Wilmette, IL) broke through the Bowdoin defense and dribbled around goalie Kat Flaherty (Fairfield, CT). Hirsch was all alone to pass a left-footed shot into the empty net to tie the game 1-1.

In the 38th minute, Amherst rookie Sarah Duffy (Fairfield, CT) beat Flaherty with a shot from 30-yards to put the Jeffs up 2-1. Duffy lofted her long shot up and over the Bowdoin goalie, scoring to give Amherst a lead heading into halftime.

The Polar Bears pulled even once again just over five minutes into the second half. Celeste Swain (Berkeley, CA) scored the unassisted tally for Bowdoin, but the game would remain tied 2-2 for only 13 minutes.

In the 64th minute, Amherst rookie Amanda Brisco (Houston, TX) scored her team-leading sixth goal of the season for the eventual game-winner. Brisco turned in the Bowdoin box and hammered a shot into the lower right corner for the go-ahead score.

Amherst held a 20-5 edge in shots and a 9-0 advantage in corner kicks. Horwitz finished the game with a pair of saves, while Flaherty made five stops in the loss.