Little Lifts Jeffs to 1-0 Win Over Springfield
Contact: Ben Badua
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Emily Little '13 broke a scoreless deadlock in the 81st minute to lift the sixth-ranked Amherst women's soccer team to a 1-0 victory over Springfield College.
Earning a 1-0 decision of over the Pride (4-2-0) for the second-consecutive season, the Jeffs (3-0-0) are now 3-1-1 against their Pioneer Valley rivals over the squads’ last five meetings.
With neither team able to gain any traction offensively through a scoreless first, Springfield looked to get something going coming out of the intermission, winning their second corner of the stanza less than 15 minutes in. Picking out Courtney Letourneau ’13, midfielder Ashley Carresi ’14 set up the frame’s first scoring opportunity, but the ensuing header sailed high to keep things level.
Looking to jumpstart the Amherst attack in the 72nd minute, Kate Sisk ’14 nearly put the visitors ahead, but her shot rattled off the left goalpost, keeping the Jeffs off the board. With just 12:15 left, Chloe McKenzie ’14 got what looked to be another great chance, but senior goalkeeper Erin Greenstein came up with a big save in a one-on-one situation, just tipping the shot wide.
Continuing to push forward, Amherst looked to generate another opportunity after winning a corner with less than 10 to go. Serving the ball into the box, first-year Jessy Hale eventually found Little who, after a scramble in front, headed the go-ahead goal at 80:17.
Searching for the equalizer, the Pride got one final chance with just over two minutes remaining, but Carresi’s shot from 15-yards out rang off the left post to seal the Jeff win.
Amherst finished with a slim 8-7 shot advantage, while Springfield came away with a 5-3 edge in corners. Holly Burwick ’16 made three saves to improve to 3-0-0, while Greenstein made four stops in the loss.
The Jeffs return to action on Saturday, Sept. 22 against Hamilton.