Courtesy of Amherst Athletics
MEDFORD, Mass. - First-year Sarah Sullivan scored in the 53rd minute and the Mammoths recorded their 14th shutout of the season as the Amherst College women's soccer team won the 2019 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship with a 1-0 victory over Middlebury on Saturday afternoon at Kraft Field.
Seniors Bella Palma and Sasha Savitsky and sophomore Kim Zhou played a pivotal role in the win, throwing themselves in front of multiple passes to thwart all of the Panthers offensive attempts in the second half.
Sanders, who was only needed once in the first half, finished with that lone save on the afternoon and notched her ninth win on the season (9-0-0). Shaw ended the afternoon with five saves and received her first loss on the 2019 tab (6-1-0).
Amherst, which was ninth in the nation for shutout percentage (0.750), recorded its 14th shutout on the year. The Mammoths cap off their regular season and conference postseason run winning eight consecutive games, blanking seven of those opponents.
Amherst will make its 18th appearance in the NCAA Tournament, with its most recent venture producing a third-round presence in last season's campaign. It has made it to the third round twice in the last three years and hold a 30-12-5 overall record in the tournament.
The Panthers will await the NCAA Selection Show, aiming for an at-large bid into the tournament.