Photo by Charlie Quigg '09
2006 NESCAC Player of the Year Amy Armstrong had a goal and an assist in the 2-0 win.

Amherst Tops Kean 1-0 to Advance in NCAA Tournament

November 11, 2006

NORTON, MA – The Amherst College women’s soccer team topped Kean University (N.J) this afternoon riding two first half goals for their thirteenth victory of the season. With the win, Amherst advances into the second round of the NCAA Tournament and will face the host institution Wheaton College tomorrow afternoon. Wheaton advanced after beating Husson College 3-0.

Making its eighth NCAA Tournament appearance, Amherst improved to 13-2-1 after picking up its eighth victory over the last nine games.  Kean, which was competing in its sixth NCAA Tournament and first since 1996, finishes the season at 12-5-2.

In a half that saw the Jeffs hold a decisive 19-5 advantage in shots, Amherst capitalized on a pair of scoring opportunities midway through the stanza, as senior forward Amy Armstrong (Avon, CT/Loomis Chaffee) played a hand in both tallies.  After posting the game-winner off a pass from freshman Meg Murphy (Springfield, MA/Cathedral) at 19:22, Armstrong assisted junior Heather Nowak (New Haven, CT/Choate Rosemary Hall) at 24:07.

Armstrong scored her team-leading 12th goal of the season while upping her point total to 28.  On Amherst's second goal, Armstrong sent a short cross into the six, where Kean freshman keeper Nicole Groszew (Denville, NJ/Morris Knolls) punched the ball away but to the foot of Nowak, who one-timed her shot into the back of the net.

With the score 2-0 entering the second half, the Jeffs nearly made it a 3-0 game midway through the stanza, but Groszew made a point-blank save on freshman Cami Farkas' (Cambridge, MA/Buckingham Browne & Nichols) shot to keep the deficit at two.  The Cougars finished the stanza with five shots but were unable to capitalize.  Jeff senior keeper Piper Crowell (San Rafael, CA/Marin) posted two stops in the win, while Groszew finished with 10 saves.  Amherst outshot Kean, 32-10 with a 5-1 advantage in corner kicks.

Amherst and Wheaton will meet for the second time this year and 24th occasion overall.  The Lyons defeated the Jeffs, 1-0 during the regular season on September 27.  Amherst holds a 12-9-2 series mark.