Jeffs Earn Seventh Shutout of the Year, Defeat Hamilton 2-0

Courtesy of Hamilton Sports Information


Hale.jpgCLINTON, N.Y. - The Amherst women’s soccer team posted its seventh shutout of the season Saturday in a 2-0 win against NESCAC rival Hamilton College at Love Field.

The Jeffs (5-1-2, 3-1-2) won their third straight game and are now 5-0 in the all-time series against Hamilton.

The Continentals (3-2-2 overall, 1-2-2 NESCAC) lost for the first time in four weeks. Hamilton, which held a 15-12 edge in shots, had a four-game unbeaten streak coming into the afternoon. Both teams took five corner kicks.

Jessy Hale ’16 put Amherst up 1-0 in the 17th minute with her first goal of the year. Hannah Cooper ’14 redirected a corner kick taken by Megan Kim ’16 along the goal line and Hale pushed it into the net.

Sarah Duffy ’14 provided a late insurance goal with 6:03 left in the second half. Duffy brought the ball down the right side and shot across the goal and off the far post for her second goal this season.

Hamilton had two chances to tie the score midway through the second half. First, Kendall Daly ’17 took a shot on a breakaway that goalkeeper Holly Burwick ’16 saved. Less than a minute later, a cross came to Becca Rees ’16 at the left post but her header went just wide.

Burwick made five saves in the shutout. Hamilton’s Liza Gergenti ’14 made two saves and Hannah Withiam ’16 stopped a shot from going in the net for a team save.

The Continentals play another NESCAC game at Bowdoin College on Saturday, Oct. 12 while the Jeffs host Eastern Connecticut State at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 8.