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Rubin Heads Women's Soccer Past Springfield in ECAC Quarterfinal
November 1, 2000

Senior Meg Riley (left)
dribbles past Springfield
forward Amanda Conk
AMHERST, Mass. - Amherst College junior Margaret Rubin (McLean, VA) headed a corner kick from rookie Jenny Rossman (Newton, MA) into the back of the net in the 49th minute, and the Jeff defense held off a late charge by visiting Springfield College, as Amherst advanced to the ECAC semifinals for the second straight year with a 1-0 win over the Pride on Wednesday afternoon.

With the wind at their backs, the Jeffs, seeded fifth in the eight-team draw, dominated possession in the first half, trapping Springfield-the fourth seed, but unable to host the quarterfinal-deep in their own territory. A pair of early shots from juniors Sarah O'Keefe (West Hartford, CT) and Hallison Putnam (Lexington, KY) skirted just wide of Springfield goalie Emily Boosahda (Bass River, MA), as the hosts had the better part of play.

Amherst came up empty in the first half, however, but the momentum continued through halftime, to which the Jeffs took a 5-2 shot margin. After earning four first-half corner kicks, the Jeffs earned their fifth-and final-of the game three minutes into the half, and they did not waste the opportunity. Rossman, who had five assists on corner kicks entering the game-and a team-high eight overall-sent a perfect ball for the far post, over Boosahda, and Rubin got a head on it for her second goal of the season, the score coming at 48:47.

From there, with the wind at their backs, Springfield regrouped, and began to put together a series of offensive runs. Led by sophomore Amanda Conk (Montclair, NJ), the Pride began to pressure the Amherst defense, sending a barrage of shots on Amherst sophomore goalie Brooke Diamond (Longmeadow, MA). Diamond was solid throughout, however, including a pair of sliding saves late to preserve the 1-0 lead, and a clear by Rubin in the 89th minute sealed the Amherst victory, their 10th of the season.

With the win, the Jeffs improve to 10-5-1 on the season, advancing to the semifinals of the ECAC tournament for the second consecutive season. There, the Jeffs travel to top-seeded Wellesley College, who survived a scare today from the eighth-seeded University of Southern Maine, edging the Huskies, 1-0, in overtime. The other semifinal on Saturday pits sixth-seeded Williams College, 5-0 victors over third-seeded Keene State College this afternoon, at second-seeded Bates College, 2-1 winners over Plymouth State College in the final quarterfinal on Wednesday.
Wednesday, November 1, 2000     1     2   --   F
Amherst (10-5-1)   0     1   --   1
Springfield (13-5-2)   0     0   --   0

A - Margaret Rubin '02 (2, Jenny Rossman '04), 48:47;

A - Brooke Diamond '03 (90 min., 0 ga), 6 saves;
S - Emily Boosahda (90 min., 1 ga), 3 saves;

A - 10, S - 9;

Corner Kicks:
A - 5, S - 2;