|Women's Soccer Beats Endicott, 1-0, to Advance to Elite Eight|
Women's Soccer Beats Endicott, 1-0, to Advance to Elite Eight
November 18, 2006
EWING, NJ – The Amherst College women’s soccer team ousted its NCAA Round of 16 opponent Endicott College 1-0 this afternoon on the campus of The College of New Jersey. Riding a lone goal from senior midfielder Jenny Muller (Andover, MA), the Jeffs advanced into the national quarterfinal round, to be played tomorrow against TCNJ at 1:00 p.m.
When the game began, Amherst began took over from the starting whistle, creating a number of early chances. The Amherst sparked numerous great build-ups, playing the ball out wide to its wingers, before swinging in dangerous crosses. Hard near post runs from Natalie Ferraiolo (Palo Alto, CA) triggered a few opportunities which seemed like they would surely end with a score.
In the twelfth minute, Ferraiolo played a ball to leading scorer senior Amy Armstrong (Avon, CT), who hit a hard shot just two feet wide of the goal. Just a few moments later, Armstrong used the same idea, laying a ball off the to first year Meg Murphy (Springfield, MA), who was set free on a left sided breakaway. Endicott keeper, Tina Loguidice, a senior from Hyde Park, NY came up huge, and deflected the hard shot over the cross bar.
For the last 25 minutes, Amherst dominated the ball control battle, but was unable to find the net in the first half, as Loguidice denied promising chances from junior forward Katie Coffey (Florence, MA) and Murphy.
In the second stanza, Amherst came out with continued pressure, as sophomore Mary Marvel (Williamsburg, MA) hit a long high ball into the offensive third. Murphy challenged the Endicott defense in the air, resulting in a failed clearance, which fell straight to Muller. Muller hit a long shot from 25 yards, which was perfectly chipped over the Endicott keeper.
Just four minutes later, Marvel was able to find the end of a corner kick, heading it on frame, before it was cleared off the line by an Endicott defender.
Amherst seemed to drop back into a defensive mode for the remaining third of the game, pushing forward only on slow build-ups from the back. In the 75th minute, Murphy beat a defender on the left wing, and hit a long inswinging shot from the end line. The amazing shot caromed off the crossbar, keeping the lead at one.Amherst was able to hold off the Endicott attack as time ran out on the Gulls’ season. Senior co-captain Piper Crowell (San Rafael, CA) was a rock in net for Amherst, posting another NCAA shutout, her third in as many games.
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