By Kevin Saxe
SPRINGFIELD — On a picturesque fall afternoon at Brock Affleck Field, the Springfield College women’s soccer team fell, 2-0, to nationally ranked Amherst College on Saturday. The Mammoths’, who are ranked No. 11 in the country, lone loss came to No. 5 Middlebury College.
The game got off to a slow start as both teams seemed to be feeling each other out. Early on as the Mammoths tried to get out and run their fast-paced offense, the Pride were able to shut down any opportunity. After a slow opening from both sides, the Mammoths were able to break through in the 29th minute. With the Pride unable to clear the ball from the box, Rubii Tamen drilled a shot from the top of the eighteen yard box to give the Mammoths the lead 1-0.
After the Mammoths goal the Pride had two opportunities, but one shot was blocked by the Amherst defense, while the other off the foot of Sydney Wine was saved by Mammoths goalie Antonia Tammaro.
Trailing 1-0 heading into the second half, the Pride looked to make some adjustments. Within the first five minutes they came out on the attack including a shot by Mackenzie Luiz, that was stopped by Tammaro to preserve the Mammoth’s lead. Less than two minutes later, Jackie Davis made a save on Sophia Fikke’s shot to keep Springfield’s deficit at 1-0.
After that, the second half played out much like the first half. Back and forth play from both sides forced the goalies to step up and make saves for their respective teams. The backbreaker for the Pride came in the 66th minute. Off a corner kick from Natalie Landau the ball bounced through right to the feet of Tamen, who finished the chance for her second goal of the game. With the deficit at 2-0 the Pride were unable to breakthrough an Amherst defense that after today has allowed just four goals.
Despite the loss the Pride outshot the Mammoths 10-9, but the Mammoths owned the shots on goal battle 7-4. Davis made five saves in the loss, while Tammaro made four stops in net for the Mammoths.
With the loss today, the Pride have now dropped two games in a row and fall to 9-3-1 on the season while the Mammoths improve to 11-1-1. Springfield will return to action at home against conference foe Smith College on Wednesday at 7 PM as they look to snap a two game losing streak.
Featured photo courtesy of Jack Margaros