Photo by Charlie Quigg '09
The Jeffs finish their season with an impressive record of 15-2-2

Jeffs End Season by Falling to TCNJ in Penalty Kicks

November 19, 2006

EWING, NJ – The Amherst College women’s soccer team played sectional host The College of New Jersey this afternoon in the national quarterfinal round, with a trip to Orlando, FL and the Final Four on the line. The match was well played, and ended in a scoreless tie, with TCNJ advancing in the first round of penalty kicks, 3-0.

The first half was a very evenly contested match up as both teams shook off the previous day’s games. Both Amherst and TCNJ advanced through the Round of 16 yesterday riding 1-0 wins, setting up a match up of titans from the northeast.

In the seventh minute of play, Amherst picked its way through the Lions defense, earning a corner kick. On the ensuing play, it took every inch of TCNJ keeper, Jessica Clarke (Wayne, NJ) to tip the ball over the six yard box.

Just one minute later, Amherst sophomore sweeper Alanna Darling (Charlton, MA) played a long ball off a free kick which senior Jenny Muller (Andover, MA) headed into the net. Unfortunately, Muller was lined up offside on the kick, and the goal was called back.

For the next 25 minutes, the game was very back and forth, with each side creating promising scoring opportunities in through the center of the field. The scoreless game seemed in jeopardy with three minutes left in the first half, when TCNJ junior Courtney Krol (Howell, NJ) swung a dangerous corner kick infront of the Amherst goal. Senior co-captain Piper Crowell (San Rafael, CA) was able to punch the ball out of danger, to maintain the zero-zero tie into halftime.

In the second half of play, both the Lord Jeffs and Lions seemed to come out sluggish, and it took almost fifteen minutes before either side created any scoring chances. In the 67th minute, junior Heather Nowak (New Haven, CT) took a free kick from thirty yards out on the right wing, which was headed back across the frame of the TCNJ goal, before senior co-captain Lesley Pruzansky (Saratoga, CA) blasted a full volley just wide of the net.

A flurry of TCNJ action in the 78th minute resulted in three straight corner kicks, each creating difficult to control rebounds and shots. With five minutes to play, TCNJ kept the pressure high, but Crowell was able to tap a lofted cross over the crossbar. The final moments ran off the clock, with neither team finding a goal, and the teams cleared the field, destined for overtime.

The TCNJ Lions controlled the first few minutes of the first overtime period, knocking the ball around the pitch with great control, but Amherst was able to regain their composure and make a few promising pushes up field to close the frame. Neither team had a very promising opportunity, and the game headed for a second sudden death overtime period.

In the final frame, TCNJ had the first scoring push, and had two corners in the first 120 seconds of the period, but was again, not able to find the net. Both teams seemed to settle for penalty kicks, and the game slowed down for the final minutes.

Penalty Kicks
Round One
TCNJ: Courtney Krol: Converted
Amherst: Alanna Darling: Saved

Round Two
TCNJ: Erin Cunliffe: Converted
Amherst: Kathy Nolan: Saved

Round Three
TCNJ: Kristina Shemming: Converted
Amherst: Meg Murphy: Crossbar

The College of New Jersey advances to the Final Four after a 0-0 tie (3-0 PKs) to face Messiah next weekend at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex.