Photo by Charlie Quigg '09
Junior Heather Nowak scored the game-winning goal in the Jeff's victory over Little Three rival Wesleyan

Jeffs Clinch Number-One Seed in NESCAC Tournament

October 21, 2006

MIDDLETOWN, CT –The Amherst College women’s soccer team picked up their tenth win of the season to stay undefeated in NESCAC play by beating Little Three archrival Wesleyan University 2-1 on Saturday. Amherst almost let the game slip away, but junior Heather Nowak (New Haven, Conn.) was able to rifle home the game-winner with about 15 minutes remaining.

The game was quite sloppy throughout the windy fall afternoon, with neither team finding the net in the first half. The seventh in the NESCAC ranked Wesleyan side was able to enter the second half tied at zero with the top ranked Lord Jeffs.

Amherst broke the scoreless tie on a corner about fifteen minutes into the second stanza, when senior Amy Armstrong (Avon, CT) finished a Stephanie Yesnik (Arlington, VA) kick. Wesleyan was able to answer halfway through the second half when they scored on a shot from the top of the 18 yard box.

Refusing to lose their NESCAC number one ranking, Amherst answered one minute later when Nowak froze the goalie with a beautiful full volley. Armstrong served up a great cross, which Nowak ripped past the Wesleyan keeper’s left side.

Senior co-captain Piper Crowell (San Rafael, CA) played excellent in goal for the Jeffs and turned away a crucial Wesleyan shot on a breakaway in the closing seconds of the game to preserve the win.

Amherst improves to 10-1-1 (7-0-1 NESCAC) on the season entering their final NESCAC game of the season next week. The Jeffs have clinched a number-one seed in the upcoming NESCAC tournament, which will be hosted by Amherst, and have earned a first-round bye.

The Jeffs play Saturday in a NESCAC match-up with Little Three rival Williams College at 11:00 a.m. on Hitchcock Field.