Women's Soccer Claims 1-0 Overtime Thriller
AMHERST, Mass. – Saturday’s women’s soccer season opener at Hitchcock Field featured a thriller between NESCAC rivals Amherst (1-0, 1-0 NESCAC) and Middlebury (0-1, 0-1 NESCAC). After a scoreless regulation, Megan Kim ’16 reached the back of the net seven minutes into overtime to lift the Jeffs to a 1-0 win.
The first half featured a defensive battle that produced only five shots total. Senior Scarlett Kirk of Middlebury registered the first shot on goal within six minutes of play but was denied by Holly Burwick ’16. The Panthers would not record another shot all period while Amherst put on the pressure and tallied four straight heading into the half.
Despite Middlebury’s lack of offense in the first period, the Panthers came out strong in the second and registered four consecutive shots including one on goal. Amherst retaliated and missed two shots wide within the final minute of regulation. Heading into overtime, the Jeffs held an eight-to-seven advantage in shots while Burwick defended the post nicely with four saves.
Amherst was on the attack early and often in overtime play. The team tallied three shots, two on goal, before Kim snuck past the goalie and touched one in at the 97:08 mark for the win.
Four players recorded shots on goal for the Jeffs while Burwick totaled five saves in net. Emma Rothkopf ’15 led the squad with three shots and one on net.
The Jeffs return to the field Wednesday, Sept. 11 for a 7 p.m. road contest at non-conference opponent Mt. Holyoke.