AMHERST, Mass. – The Wesleyan University women's soccer team started and ended the scoring on Saturday afternoon, but Amherst scored four unanswered goals in between during a 4-2 triumph at Hitchcock Field in Amherst, Mass.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Junior forward Liz Young scored both goals for the Cardinals (6-7-1, 1-7-1 NESCAC), as she leads the team this fall with five goals and 11 points in 10 games. The Lincoln, R.I. native opened the scoring in the 18th minute, sending a shot past Mammoths junior goalkeeper Chelsea Cutler (8-5-1).
- Two minutes later, the Mammoths (8-5-1, 4-4-1 NESCAC), who sit in a tie for sixth place within the NESCAC Conference standings, fired right back with a tally from junior Rubii Tamen in the 20th minute.
- From that point forward, freshman Natalie Landau took control of the game for Amherst with three straight goals in a span of four minutes, nine seconds. The freshman standout, who has six goals, three assists and 15 points on the season, put a shot into the back of the net off a free kick by senior Delancey King in the 39th minute, giving the hosts a 2-1 cushion. Less than two minutes later, Landau tipped in the game-winning, converting a one-on-one opportunity against Cardinals goalkeeper Meg Hanan off a through ball down the middle of the pitch by freshman Cassie Chin.
- Landau, who hails from Providence, R.I., completed the hat trick with 2:50 left in the first half, beating the Cardinals goalkeeper off a cross from the right side by freshman Claire Nam.
- Young tried to springboard a comeback in the 58th minute, as she was able to send her second tally past Cutler, bringing the visitors to within two with over 32 minutes on the clock. Young has showcased her big-time scoring ability this fall, as she leads the squad with three game-clinching goals.
- Sophomore goalkeeper Zoe Cassels-Brown, who played the second half for Wesleyan, did all she could to keep the Cardinals within striking distance, turning away six shots from the high-flying Amherst offense. Junior captain Lauren Goetzman, who has been a consistent force this season for the Cardinals with four goals and two game winners, sent a shot over the bar in the 68th minute off a corner kick by freshman midfielder Carly Bechtloff. The Hidden Hills, Calif. native tried to bring the Cardinals to within one during the 71st minute, but Cutler denied her drive.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Senior Hannah Guzzi, who leads the NESCAC with 11 goals and 23 points this fall, finished with a game-best six shots – with three on target – for the Mammoths. Tamen finished with five shots and three on goal, and Landau sent all four of her shots on target.
- Young led the way for the visitors, testing Cutler with three of her four shots, and Goetzman finished with three shots, including two on net.
- Even though she only played one half, Cassels-Brown's six saves were the most by any goalkeeper in the game. The Bristol, Vt. native has only relinquished three goals all season, and maintains a 0.40 goals-against average and an .893 save percentage. She checks in at No. 1 in the conference in both goals against and save percentage, and ranks No. 2 in goals-against average.
- Amherst held a firm 22-9 edge in shots and a 12-7 lead in shots on goal. Wesleyan committed 10 fouls and Amherst was called for eight infractions. Amherst took 10 corners and Wesleyan attempted a trio.
- The Cardinals will close out their 2017 regular-season campaign on Tuesday with a 3 p.m. tilt against Connecticut College in New London, Conn.