Photo by Charlie Quigg '09
First-year Meg Murphy scored two goals in the 3-0 win over Wheaton

Murphy Carries Amherst into Round of 16

November 12, 2006

From a Wheaton release

NORTON, MA- First-year Meg Murphy (Springfield, MA) scored the first two goals of the game as the Amherst College women's soccer team upended Wheaton College, 3-0, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday in Mirrione Stadium. The Lord Jeffs improved to 14-2-1 and avenged a
1-0 loss to the Lyons earlier in the season, while the Blue and White finished the season with a 21-2-1 mark and saw their 19-game unbeaten streak come to an end. This was the teams' third NCAA Tournament meeting in the last six years, as the Lord Jeffs also won in 2001 before the Lyons took the 2003 clash.

Murphy tallied her first goal just 22 seconds into the contest, as Amherst controlled possession following its kickoff. Senior Lesley Pruzansky (Saratoga, CA) sent a cross from the left side to Murphy, who knocked a shot from the slot into an open net for the eventual game-winner. She converted again in the 19th minute, catching up to a pass from sophomore Natalie Ferraiolo (Palo Alto, CA) and firing the ball into the left side of the net despite junior goalkeeper Stacey Kronenberg's (Belchertown, MA) deflection.

Wheaton nearly got on the board less than seven minutes later, as first-year Kathleen Carroll (New Paltz, NY) got free at the top of the box and sent a shot toward the lower left corner of the net, but senior Piper Crowell (San Rafael, CA) stretched out and made a diving save. Junior Lauren Konopka (Medford, NJ) also nearly scored for the Lyons, missing wide-left from 20 yards out two minutes later.

With less than six minutes left in the frame, Amherst tallied again. After taking junior Heather Nowak's (New Haven, CT) pass and rushing up the left side to the end line, first-year Cami Farkas (Cambridge, MA) rolled the ball back into traffic toward the top of the box, where sophomore Kathryn Bentley (Atherton, CA) connected for the final goal.

First-year Lyndsey McManus (Marshfield, MA) had Wheaton's best chance in the second half, but her touch near the goal line was turned away by an Amherst defender. Sophomore Angelamaria Viscomi (Newton, MA) had a pair of shots stopped by Crowell in the second half.

Wheaton ended the game with a 16-11 advantage in shots, while the Lord Jeffs held a 7-5 edge in corner kicks. Crowell made seven saves, while Kronenberg and junior Elana Cockburn (Chestnut Hill, MA) combined for two.

Amherst advances to next weekend's sectional round at a site to be determined later this evening.