Amherst, Mass. - September 22, 2011 - The Springfield College women's soccer team surrendered a goal for the first time in its last four games as it was upset by local-foe Amherst College, 1-0, on Thursday evening in non-conference play on Gooding Field.
The loss brings the 15th-ranked Pride to 4-2 on the season. Springfield's two losses have both been by 1-0 decisions, while their four wins have all come by shutout. Amherst moves to a perfect 4-0 with the victory. All four of the Lord Jeffs victories have come by shutout.
A goal from Kathryn Nathan in the 39th minute proved to be the game's only goal as Sarah Duffy picked up the assist and Allie Horwitz bumped her scoreless minute streak to 356:21. Horwitz stopped four shots in the win, while Erin Greenstein made a pair of saves for the Pride. The Lord Jeffs put three of their 16 shots on goal and attempted 12 corner kicks in the game, while their defense surrendered nine shots and held Springfield to only two corners.
Amherst started to take control of the game in the ninth minute when Jill Kochanek sent a header to Duffy on the far post, but the Lord Jeff sophomore would push her shot wide. Moments later Mel Stier nearly gave the hosts a lead, but her shot drilled the left post.
Springfield’s first scoring chance began to take form when Ashley Carresi intercepted an Amherst pass and sent the ball down the left sideline. The Pride wound up attempting a corner kick but were unable to put a shot on net.
With 9:30 remaining in the first half, Amherst’s defense played the ball ahead to Stier, who dribbled toward the goal. She attempted to get a shot by Greenstein on the near post, but the Springfield goalie came up with the stop.
Amherst’s persistence finally paid off when Duffy found Nathan at the top of the box. Nathan turned and ripped a hard shot that snuck underneath the crossbar, as Greenstein made a diving effort but could not come up with the save. Nathan’s first goal of the season gave Amherst a 1-0 lead at 38:06 and marked the fourth consecutive game in which she and Duffy have each recorded at least one point.
The second half did not feature nearly as many scoring chances as the first. Amherst’s best opportunity came nine minutes into the frame on a corner kick that made its way to Ariana Twomey on the far post, but the Amherst first-year was denied by Greenstein.
Springfield nearly tied things up with 17 minutes to play when a ball was played from the back line ahead to Katie Mantie. The senior co-captain beat the Amherst defense to the ball at the top of the box, but Horwitz got there just in time to clear it out of harm’s way.
The Pride will play again on Saturday afternoon when it hosts MIT in conference play beginning at 4:00 pm.