Kim, Jeffs Stay Unbeaten with 2-0 Triumph at Tufts

Courtesy of Tufts Sports Information

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SOMERVILLE, Mass. - The Amherst women’s soccer team remained unbeaten Saturday, spoiling Tufts’ Homecoming with 2-0 victory. A Jumbo own goal and Megan Kim ’16 strike in the 60th minute proved to be the difference as the Lord Jeffs improved to  6-0-1 (3-0-1 NESCAC) and the Jumbos dropped to 1-5-1 (0-5-0 NESCAC).

It was Amherst’s fifth straight victory over Tufts as the Jeffs outshot the hosts 11-6, including a 7-1 advantage in shots on goal.

The teams traded chances early, with Tufts keeper Kristin Wright making her first of five saves on an Amanda Brisco ’14 attempt in the 12th minute. Two minutes later, Nikki Blank had the first big chance of the game for the Jumbos when she took a lead pass from Allie Weiller and ripped the ball off the post. Soon Amherst took over play, as Tufts struggled to get up the field in the transition game for the remainder of the first half.

The Amherst attack boiled over in the 38th minute when a miscue between Wright and Tufts defender Catherine Greer led to an own-goal and a 1-0 Lord Jeff lead. During a scramble in the Jumbo penalty box, Wright came out to fall on the ball just as Greer got her foot on it. It appeared that Greer was attempting to clear the ball over her own goal and take the corner kick, but it bounced up and over Wright and into the Tufts cage.

The Amherst offense remained relentless in the second half, as Mel Stier ’15 blasted a chance off the crossbar in the 46th minute before Kim’s insurance tally came in the 60th. Assisted by Hannah Cooper ’14 and Amanda Brisco ’14, the rookie tapped in a pinball-like feed to the doorstep to put the Jeffs up 2-0. The goal was Kim’s third on the season and second in as many contests, while Brisco took over the team lead with her fifth assist.

Holly Burwick ’16 needed only one save to notch her fifth shutout for Amherst.

The Jeffs will have a week to enjoy their unbeaten record before putting it to the test against archrival Williams on Saturday, October 6. The Ephs will travel to Amherst for a noon start from Hitchcock Field.

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