Women's soccer falls in OT to Amherst in NESCAC quarterfinals

Photo by Victor Lou '21
Photo by Victor Lou '21

Amherst College's Hannah Gustafson scored 1:58 into the first sudden-victory overtime period and the Mammoths posted a 1-0 victory over the Hamilton College Continentals in a 2019 NESCAC Women's Soccer Championship quarterfinal at Amherst's Hitchcock Field on Saturday afternoon.

Sloan Askins delivered a cross to the front of the net and the ball found its way through defenders to the back post where Gustafson tapped it into the open net.

Fourth-seeded Amherst (12-3-1 overall) will face top-seeded Tufts University in the semifinals on Saturday, Nov. 9, at Tufts in Medford, Mass. The Mammoths -- ranked 16th in the D3soccer.com poll and 21st by the United Soccer Coaches -- finished with a 28-12 shot advantage and a 7-1 edge in corner kicks.

Hamilton (10-5-1) was the fifth seed in the championship and ranked seventh this week in the New England Region by the NCAA. The Continentals have appeared in the conference championship for the last three seasons.

The Continentals' best scoring chance came in the 30th minute when Amherst played the ball back to goalkeeper Erica Sanders (2 saves). Sanders attempted to pass up to her defender on the right side but Cat Gambino '21 intercepted the ball. Gambino lofted a shot towards the open net but the ball sailed high over the crossbar. Gambino is in a three-way tie at the top of the NESCAC leaderboard with 10 goals and is second with 23 points.

Rachel Pike '21 made seven of her 12 saves in the second half and ranks fifth in the conference with a 0.79 goals against average.