Courtesy of Williams Sports Information
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. - The second-seeded Amherst Purple & White erased a 1-0 halftime deficit behind two second half goals from Rubii Tamen and Emily Hester to earn a 2-1 victory over No. 4 Trinity and win the 2016 NESCAC Women's Soccer Championship.
It's the fourth title for the Purple & White and their first since 2011. Amherst improves to 15-2-1 and earns an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Purple & White will find out its opponent on Monday at 1:30 p.m. when the field is announced. Trinity, which upsest top-seeded Williams in a penalty kick shootout to make its first appearance in the NESCAC Championship match, moves to 11-4-3.
The Bantams opened the scoring in the 11th minute. Andi Nicholson took the ball off the foot of an Amherst defender and picked out Laura Nee in space on the left side of the penalty area. Nee took a touch and placed a shot into the bottom left corner past Amherst keeper Chelsea Cutler.
Amherst found the equalizer in the 53rd minute. Tamen received a pass in the heart of the Trinity penalty area from teammate Hayley Roy. She shook off her defender and slotted her finish to the bottom left corner and past Trinity's Julia Pitino.
The two teams traded possession over the next 30 minutes until Amherst's pressure finally paid dividends. NESCAC leading scorer, Hannah Guzzi teed up teammate Hester for the game-winner in the 85th minute.
Guzzi carried the ball down the left side of the field before sliding it to her left towards Hester, who calmly finished the scoring chance with a shot past Pitino.
Pitino, the hero in yesterday's semifinal win over Williams, finished the match with five saves for the Bantams. Cutler was credited with three stops to pick up the win in the Amherst net.