Courtesy of Amherst Sports Information
AMHERST, Mass. – Rubii Tamen scored for the fourth consecutive game to lead No. 3 Amherst to a 1-0 victory over No. 6 Hamilton in the quarterfinals of the NESCAC Women's Soccer Championship at Hitchcock Field.
Tamen has scored seven goals in the last four games and has 13 on the season.
Hamilton's first scoring opportunity came in the seventh minute when Cat Gambino hit a well-struck ball on frame towards Antonia Tammaro. Despite the pace, Tammaro easily made the save to keep the Continentals from getting on the board. Less than a minute later, Alex Fontana had a chance that was blocked by the Mammoths' backline.
Tamen was able to break the deadlock late in the first half when a ball was cleared out of the defensive end for the Mammoths. She beat her defender with a couple moves and rifled a shot that struck the inside of the post and caromed into the back of the net.
The score stayed the same throughout the second half, but a key opportunity for Hamilton almost evened the match. Gambino struck a ball which was heading for the top part of the frame, just under the crossbar. Tammaro's outstretched arms were just enough to knock the ball off the pipe and back into the box for the remarkable save, maintaining the shutout for the Mammoths.
The Mammoths outshot the Continentals 19-11 and notched five corners on the day.
Caity Smith was credited with eight saves in the Hamilton net, while Tammaro finished with six saves for the Mammoths.
Amherst improves to 13-2-1, while Hamilton closes its 2018 campaign with an 8-5-3 mark.
Amherst advances to the NESCAC Semifinals where it will face Middlebury College in Williamstown, Mass. at 1:30 PM on November 3. The winner of that match will compete in the championship the following day.