Courtesy of Amherst Athletics
AMHERST, Mass. – Amherst scored twice before halftime on its way to a 5-0 victory over Maine Maritime in the first round of the 2019 NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Tournament on Saturday afternoon at Hitchcock Field.
Fresh off their win in the NESCAC Women's Soccer title game, the Mammoths improve to 15-3-1 and runs their win streak to nine games.
The Mariners, who were making their first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament, finish the season with a record of 13-5.
Isabel Stern and Hannah Gustafson each scored twice and Natalie Landau had three assists for the Mammoths, who advance to face the winner of Farmingdale State and Dickinson tomorrow at 1:00 PM on Hitchcock Field.
Junior Emily Conway made five stops in goal for the Mariners, including a diving acrobatic save to keep the teams scoreless in the first half.
Stern potted the eventual game-winner, an unassisted strike at the 32:10 mark of the first half, to finally put the home team on the board after Maine Maritime had defended fiercely for the first 30 minutes.
Ruby Hastie doubled the advantage when she knocked home a perfect pace from Landau across the face of goal, and Amherst took the 2-0 lead into the break.
Stern would get on the scorecard again less than five minutes after the break, as she beat Conway from the top of the box when the ball was left to her by Landau, making it 3-0 Amherst. The first-year has seven goals on the season after the brace today.
Gustafson scored the final two goals for the Mammoths just under eight minutes apart after the hour mark.
She rifled two missiles past Conway, first with her left foot from the top of the box when the ball was played to her by Landau, who moves into second place on the team with five assists this year.
Less than 10 minutes later, Gustafson took a pass from Navva Sedigh and scored from outside the area with her right foot. She now has five goals this season, while Sedigh earned her first points of the year.
Amherst earned its 15th shutout of the season thanks to the strong backline that kept Mariner scoring chances to a minimum. Erica Sanders posted her 10th win of the year between the pipes, with Toni Tammaro playing the last 27 minutes in relief.
The Mammoths have not lost in over a month, and boast a 6-2-1 record at Hitchcock Field this season.
Amherst is making its 18th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and improves to 31-12-5 in the tournament with the victory. This is Amherst's sixth straight appearance in the NCAA's where it has recorded a victory.