Jeffs Blow Past Keene State, 5-0

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AMHERST, Mass. - The 10th-ranked Amherst women’s soccer team netted four first half goals en route to a decisive 5-0 non-conference victory over Keene State College on Gooding Field.

With the win, Amherst improved to 10-1-1 (6-1-1 NESCAC) and 3-1 all-time against the Owls, who fell to 10-7-0 overall.

Moving up the right side, Megan Kim ’16 dribbled toward the middle of the 18-yard box before sliding a pass to Amanda Brisco ’14. Making an overlapping run, the forward beat goalkeeper Torrie Crenson ’15 to the ball before tapping it into the net just 2:38 after the opening whistle.

Staying aggressive in the 11th minute, Brisco found the feet of Kathryn Nathan ’13, who rattled a low shot off the right post. Less than five minutes later, Nathan stopped a ball from going over the end line before sending a low pass across the face of the goal. Running toward the backpost, Hannah Cooper ’14 chipped a shot over a sprawling Crenson to extend the Jeff lead.

Generating an opportunity of its own in the 17th minute, Brittany Croteau pushed Keene State into the attacking third. Looking to goal, the senior ripped a hard, rising shot on net, but first-year keeper Holly Burwick made a nice diving stop to keep the visitors off the board.

Coming right back, Nathan created space in the middle of the box, before netting her fourth goal of the season at 22:18. Catching up to a Sarah Duffy ’14 through ball at the right edge of the six-yard box, Mel Stier ’15 made it 4-0, toeing a shot past Crenson in the 41st minute.

Continuing to push forward early in the second half, Nathan played a long through ball from the midfield toward Stier. Taking a quick touch inside the 18, the sophomore forward fired a low shot into the middle of the Keene goal at 51:30.

Hoping to keep pace, Alex Haley ’15 found space on the right side of the 18 in the 62nd minute, but the Owl midfielder rang a shot off the crossbar, allowing the Amherst defense to record its eighth shutout of 2012.

The Lord Jeffs finished with an 18-12 shot advantage, while Keene held a 4-3 edge in corners. Burwick made four saves in 45 minutes, while Meghan Mills ’15 recorded a pair of stops in the second half. Crenson made six saves in the loss.

Amherst returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 20 against Little Three rival Wesleyan.

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