Jeffs, Cardinals Play to Scoreless Draw

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Cooper.jpgAMHERST, Mass. – The 23rd-ranked Amherst women’s soccer team played to a 0-0 double overtime draw Saturday afternoon against Little Three rival Wesleyan at Hitchcock Field. It was the Jeffs third scoreless draw this season and eighth shutout.

With the tie, the Jeffs (8-1-3, 4-1-3 NESCAC) extended their unbeaten streak to 23-straight games against the Cardinals (1-6-4, 0-4-3 NESCAC). Wesleyan’s last win against Amherst was 1993.

Senior Kate Sisk led the Jeffs offensively with five shots while Megan Kim ’16 and Emma Rothkopf ’15 added three apiece. Rothkopf was responsible for two of the three Amherst shots on net. For Wesleyan, Hannah Knudsen ’14 and Clare Ashforth ’15 tallied two shots each while Ashforh posted the lone shot on goal.

Despite the final score, the Jeffs controlled the tempo for the majority of the game but were unable to put one in the back of the net. Amherst held a decisive 17-5 advantage in shots and a 12-5 edge in corner kicks.

Both teams played very solid defense in the first half, keeping their opponent from getting a strong shot towards the goal. It took 40 minutes of play for either team to pose a scoring threat. With a little over five minutes remaining until the break, Amherst put together two great chances when Alex Hart ’15 received a pass inside the box but was unable to strike a clear shot as her ball was bounced off a Cardinals’ defender and straight to Kim whose shot was then saved.

Just over two minutes later, a corner kick from Jessy Hale ’16 landed inside the box and into Rothkopf’s possession but her rolling attempt was picked up by Wesleyan goalkeeper Jessica Tollman ’15.

Amherst opened the second stanza strong offensively. At the 47th minute, Hannah Cooper ’14 placed a great cross to Sisk but her header missed wide left. Two minutes later, Rothkopf had another attempt towards the net but missed wide.

The NESCAC rivals combined for two shots in the final 25 minutes of regulation as they prepared for the first overtime period.

After an uneventful first 10 minutes that saw just one corner kick and zero shots, the Jeffs put the pressure on once again in the second overtime period. Sisk, Hart and Sarah Duffy ’14 all attempted shots but came away scoreless.

Holly Burwick ’16, who currently leads the nation in goals against average, posted one save in net. Tollman, who entered today’s game with an 0.80 GAA, stopped three scores.

The Jeffs are back on the pitch Wednesday, Oct. 23 when they host Connecticut College in their final regular season home game. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.