Jeffs Run Away From ECSU, 4-1
Contact: Mike O'Brien
AMHERST, Mass. – Megan Kim ’16 added two more goals Tuesday night to lead the Amherst women’s soccer team to a 4-1 non-conference win against Eastern Connecticut State at Hitchcock Field. Kim has seven goals on the season to lead all Jeffs as Amherst improved to 6-1-2, dropping the Warriors to 6-5.
The Jeffs set the tone early as Kim posted a shot on net with just under a minute of play for the first strong scoring chance of the game by either team. Amherst continued to put the pressure on offensively and just a couple minutes later, Maggie Belnap ’15 found herself inside the box but missed on an opportunity wide left of the post.
It didn’t take much longer for the Jeffs to get on the board. At the 13:15 mark, Belnap beat several Warrior defenders to find an open Kim standing at the left corner of the box. Kim received the pass and placed it high above first-year goaltender Chelsea Santos’ head.
Just over four minutes later, Kate Sisk ’14 connected on a great pass to Sarah Duffy ’14 who was streaking through the middle of the field. Santos attempted to beat Duffy to the ball but was unsuccessful as the senior dribbled past her to find a wide open net, touching it in for the Jeffs insurance tally.
Amherst wasn’t done yet as they netted another goal at the 23rd minute as Chloe McKenzie ’14 went down the left side of the field and struck a well-hit pass across the box to Hannah Cooper ’14. Cooper, in between several defenders, gained control of the ball and found the bottom of the net as Amherst entered the break ahead, 3-0.
The second half was the same story as the Jeffs controlled the tempo early and often, keeping the ball on Eastern Connecticut’s half of the pitch for the majority of the period. Despite the momentum and ball control, the Jeffs didn’t post the first real scoring threat of the second stanza until the 54th minute as Duffy found Belnap in the middle of the box, but the junior’s attempt went directly on net.
However, Amherst added another goal 20 minutes later as Cooper crossed one from the left side of the field to an open Kim in front of the net as she placed one in between the posts for her second of the game.
With just over two minutes to play, the Warriors got on the board following a corner kick from Blair Church ’14. The kick went directly towards a group of players standing in front of the net and bounced off an Amherst player, resulting in an own goal.
The Jeffs held a decisive 30-6 advantage in shots and 10-3 edge in corner kicks. It was the fourth straight win for Amherst who ended Eastern Connecticut’s streak of two straight victories.
The Jeffs return to the field Saturday, Oct. 12 when they travel to Colby for an 11 a.m. NESCAC matchup.