MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan women's soccer team notched three goals en route to a 3-2 win over Little Three rival No. 11 Amherst (11-2-1, 6-2-1). The three Cardinal goals were the most scored against the Mammoths in a single game this year, having only allowed four during their entire season. With the win, Wesleyan improves to 8-4-2, 4-3-2 and hands Amherst their second loss of the season.
Prior to the start of the match, the Cardinals honored their senior class, featuring Nicole Galli, Meg Harrop, Lauren Goetzman, Kayla O'Brien, Liz Young, Ella Sinfield, Sophia Linguiti, Olivia Gorman and Kinsey Yost.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The hosts opened up the scoring at the 12:20 mark after a throw-in by Julia Meehan. Goetzman settled the ball, before beating three Amherst defenders and rifling a shot at Mammoth goalkeeper Antonia Tammaro. Tammaro was able to get a hand on the ball, but the hard shot slipped by her for the 1-0 Cardinal lead.
- Amherst responded at the 18:14 mark after Natalie Landau sent a cross into the box from the right side. Rubii Tamen settled the pass, before chipping the ball over the head of Wesleyan's goalie Sarah Hammond, knotting the game 1-1.
- The Mammoths had a chance to take the lead just 2:24 later after Tamen hit the crossbar. Tamen collected her own rebound, before firing a shot at the host goal, but the ball went just wide.
- Out of the break, Wesleyan had a great chance to take the lead at the 54:50 mark. Goetzman redirect a cross by Liz Young with her head, but Tammaro got air, punching the ball up and over the goal to keep the match tied.
- The Cardinals found the back of the net at the 60:36 mark when Katie Stewart Frizzell took advantage of an Amherst defensive breakdown, putting Wesleyan up 2-1.
- Wesleyan continued strong offensive pressure, increasing the lead to 3-1 at the 70:16 mark. Goetzman headed a cross by Allie Goss down to the feet of Gianna Argento, who buried the ball in the back of the goal.
- Amherst's Tamen beat Hammond one-on-one to cut its deficit to one (3-2) at the 84:35 mark, but it was not enough for the visitors as Wesleyan ran out the clock and hung on for the win.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Hammond earned her second win in net for the Cardinals, making six stops.
- Tammaro suffered her first loss of the season, making four saves in net for Amherst.
- The Cardinals conclude the regular season on Tuesday when they entertain Connecticut College at 3:30 p.m. on Jackson Field.