Springfield, Mass. - October 14, 2018 - The Springfield College women's soccer team dropped a 2-0 decision to nationally-ranked Amherst College on Sunday afternoon, as the Pride suffered its second-consecutive setback and now holds a record of 9-3-1 overall. With the win, Amherst, which was No. 11 in the latest United Soccer Coaches Division III National Rankings, improves to 11-1-1 on the year.
Springfield College totaled 10 shots in the contest, including four on goal, while the Mammoths put seven of their nine shots on target. Amherst was also awarded eight corner kicks to Amherst's one. In net for the Pride, Jackie Davis (Ringoes, N.J.) made five stops in the loss, while Antonia Tammaro (Lynnfield, Mass.) picked up four saves and earned her seventh win of the year. Senior forward Rubii Tamen (Washington, D.C.) scored both goals for the visitors.
Each side put one shot on goal through the first 18:50, before Amherst got on the board in the 29th minute when Tamen drilled one from deep that blew past Davis and into the back of the net, giving the visitors a 1-0 advantage.
Following the goal, Sydney Wine (New Braintree, Mass.) was able to get a shot on cage, but Tammaro made the stop to keep the Pride at bay.
Junior forward Mackenzie Luiz (Newington, Conn.) had a great chance to score in the early stages of the second half, but Tammaro tracked the ball through the box and made a great save to keep her shutout in tact. After three scoring bids from Amherst, Sara Swetland (Manchester, N.H.) had a great chance off of a direct free kick from Rachel Feliu (Elkridge, Md.), as the sophomore was able to get her head on a low ball in the box, but Tammaro came up big once again to keep Springfield College off the board.
In the 66th minute, Amherst pushed its lead to a pair and never looked back as Natalie Landau (Providence, R.I.) sent in a corner kick, which bounced twice in the box before Tamen knocked it past Davis to make it 2-0, Mammoths, with 26:54 remaining in the contest.
From there, Amherst's defense was able to shut down any offense that the Pride was creating, resulting in the 2-0 setback for Springfield College.
Springfield College will return to New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Wednesday, October 17 when it hosts Smith College at 7 p.m. on Brock-Affleck Field.