Photo by Charlie Quigg '09
Junior Heather Nowak had four assists in the first half, leading the Jeffs in their win over Mount Holyoke College.

Jeffs Dominate Mount Holyoke for Eleventh Win of Season

October 26, 2006

AMHERST, MA –The Amherst College women’s soccer team was in control from the very beginning of Thursday’s match-up with the Lyons of Mount Holyoke College, scoring early and never looking back.  With the win, the Lord Jeffs move to 11-1-1 on the season and are in the midst of a six-game winning streak. 

Senior midfielder Jenny Muller (Andover, MA) and sophomore midfielder Heather Nowak (New Haven, CT) hooked up twice in the first six minutes of the game. Amherst was given a corner kick just three minutes into the game, when Muller one-timed a perfect ball from Nowak. Just three minutes later Nowak played another beautiful corner kick, which Muller headed into the net to give the Jeffs an early 2-0 lead.

Amherst strung together another pair of goals in the first half, when a cross from senior co-captain Lesley Pruzansky (Saratoga, CA) was one-timed by sophomore Kathryn Bentley (Atherton, CA) for the Jeffs’ third goal. Just 30 seconds later, Nowak picked up her third assist when she connected with sophomore Natalie Ferraiolo (Palo Alto, CA) for Amherst’s fourth goal with 34 minutes remaining in the first half.  Amherst put in two more goals, including a career first for first-year Shannon Smith (Chesapeake, VA) and a season first for sophomore Julia Cummings (Los Angeles, CA), before heading into halftime with a 6-0 lead.

Amherst played a much more passive second half, rarely putting any serious pressure on the Lyons’ defense.  Nowak finished the day with four assists, giving her eight points on the season, while senior Piper Crowell (San Rafael, CA) shared a shutout with first-years Jen Greig (Edina, MN) and Lili Ferguson (Winnetka, IL). The 6-0 victory was the sixth shutout of the season for Amherst.

Crowell and Greig each recorded a save for Amherst, while sophomore Ashley DeFlumere (Winchester, MA) finished the day with five saves for Mount Holyoke, as the Lyons drop to 2-13-1 on the season.

The Jeffs return to action Saturday to face NESCAC archrival Williams College on Hitchcock Field at 11:00 a.m. Although Amherst has already clinched a regular season NESCAC Championship, the Little Three Championship is still on the line.