Jeffs Fall 1-0 in NESCAC Quarterfinal|
October 24, 2000
AMHERST, MA - Williams College sophomore striker Stacey Starner (Windham, NH) emerged from a scrum in front of the net to tap home a game-winning goal in the 86th minute, as the sixth-seeded Ephs outlasted number-four seed Amherst College in the quarterfinals of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Tournament on Tuesday.
Down but not out, Amherst responded with increased pressure in the waning
minutes, earning a penalty kick after Williams was tagged with a hand-ball violation
with 1:09 remaining. Junior midfielder Hallison Putnam (Lexington, KY) took the
kick but sailed it just wide of the right post, sending Williams on to the NESCAC
The Jeffs had another near-miss earlier in the second half, as Putnam took
a feed from first-year midfielder Jenny Rossman (Newton, MA) and blasted a
shot past Williams goalkeeper Abigail Jackson (Jamaica Plain, MA) that would have
given the Jeffs a 1-0 lead. The goal was disallowed, however, as junior Laura
Raybould (Denville, NJ) was ruled offside in front of the Williams goal.
Amherst sophomore goalkeeper Brooke Diamond (Longmeadow, MA) was outstanding in defeat with seven saves, while Jackson needed just one save for the Williams shutout.
The loss was Amherst's second to Williams in postseason play since 1998, when the Ephs knocked the Jeffs out of the NCAA Tournament with a 0-0 (4-2) penalty kick win in the regional semifinals. Amherst finished its 2000 season 9-5-1 overall, while Williams improved to 10-5.
With the victory, Williams advances to the semifinals against top-seeded host Middlebury College on Saturday. Middlebury earned a first-round bye with a 13-1 regular season record, 8-1 in league play.
|Tuesday, October 24, 2000
W - Stacey Starner (unassisted) 86:04
A - Brooke Diamond '03 (90:00, 1 GA, 7 saves)
W - Abi Jackson (90:00, 0 GA, 1 saves)
Shots: A - 7; W - 15
Corner Kicks: A - 8, W - 4