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Jeffs Capture ECAC Title in Triple-Overtime
November 5, 2000

LEWISTON, Maine. - It is only too fitting that the season that would not end finally came to a close with the game that could not, but it's been that kind of a season for the Amherst College women's soccer team. After needing penalty kicks to knock off top-seeded Wellesley College in Saturday's ECAC semifinals, the Jeffs, who thought their season was over after a 1-0 loss to arch-rival Williams College in the NESCAC quarterfinals on October 24, captured the ECAC championship with a 3-2, triple-overtime victory at Bates College on Sunday.

From the opening draw of Sunday's ECAC final, the game had all the makings for a wild ending, unlike the two teams' first meeting of the season, a 1-0 Bates win where the Bobcats received the lone goal after the game had remained scoreless into the 80th minute. This time around, the game didn't even remain scoreless through the eighth minute, as Amherst junior Sarah O'Keefe (West Hartford, CT) headed a Katelyn McCabe (West Hartford, CT) cross past Bobcat goalie Kim Martell (Needham, MA) to give the Jeffs 1-0 lead at the 7:48 mark.

O’Keefe's first career goal would not stand up, however, as Bates retaliated with a pair of goals in a five-minute span later in the half. Bobcat rookie Becky Castle (Stonigton, CT) headed home a rebound of a free kick from Catherine Crosby (Lincoln, MA) that had bounced off the crossbar. Amanda Waterhouse (Cumberland, ME) gave the Bobcats the lead just 4:51 later, scoring her fourth goal of the tournament after a nifty 1-on-1 move past sophomore Amherst keeper Brooke Diamond (Longmeadow, MA). Bates took the 2-1 lead into halftime, outshooting Amherst 8-5 in the opening half.

Down but not out, the Jeffs responded in the second half, equalizing in the 62nd minute. After a Bates turnover in their own territory, Amherst sophomore Brianna Porco (Fairfield, CT) slipped a pass to Hallison Putnam (Lexington, KY) at the top of the 18, and Putnam, later named the Tournament Most Valuable Player, avoided a pair of tackles before blasting a rocket that slipped under the crossbar, knotting the game at two.

After Putnam's fourth goal of the season, the game turned into an up-and-down affair, with the two teams combining for 12 shots on goal (eight of which came from Amherst) in the last 28 minutes of regulation. Neither team was able to break through, however, and the game headed to overtime. Playing in their fifth overtime game of the season - and second in two days - the Jeffs dominated the extra periods, outshooting Bates, 10-3.

Finally, in the 133rd minute, the Jeffs' offensive domination paid off, as rookie Jenny Rossman (Newton, MA) re-directed a free kick from high school-classmate Katie Shipley (Newton, MA) past Martell, giving Amherst their first ECAC title with the latest goal - by 27 seconds - ever scored in an Amherst women's soccer game. With the win, the Jeffs finish a wild, rollercoaster season with an 11-5-2 record, posting a win in their final game for the first time since 1984. Bates, who is 3-3 all-time in ECAC title games, finishes their 2000 campaign with a record of 12-6.
Sunday, November 5, 2000     1     2     1 OT     2 OT     3 OT   --   F
Amherst (11-5-2)   1     1     0     0     1   --   3
Bates (12-6)   2     0     0     0     0   --   2

AC - Sarah O'Keefe '02 (1, Katelyn McCabe '03), 7:48;
BC - Becky Castle (5, Catherine Crosby), 30:56;
BC - Amanda Waterhouse (8, Kate Dockery), 35:47;
AC - Hallison Putnam '02 (4, Brianna Porco '03), 61:17;
AC - Jenny Rossman '04 (4, Katie Shipley '03), 132:26;

AC - (Brooke Diamond '03, 133 min., 2 ga), 8 saves;
BC - (Kim Martell, 133 min., 3 ga), 8 saves;

AC - 26, BC - 17;

Corner Kicks:
AC - 11, BC - 0;

AC - 14, BC - 13;