NCAA Second Round: Amherst 1, MIT 0

NCAA Second Round: Amherst 1, MIT 0

Courtesy of Amherst Sports Information

AMHERST, Mass. – Amherst women's soccer will return to the third round of the NCAA Tournament after taking down MIT, 1-0, in second round action on Gooding Field Sunday night.

Amherst made their last third-round appearance in 2016 after taking down Lasell and Swarthmore in the first and second round. The Mammoths ultimately fell to William Smith 4-2 to halt their run in the tournament.

With this win, the Mammoths improve to 15-2-2 overall, while MIT ends the 2018 campaign with a 17-3-3 record. Amherst will face William Smith in the third round on Saturday, November 18 in Geneva, N.Y.

The duo of Rubii Tamen and Alexa Juarez led the attack out of the gate, with four scoring opportunities in the first 11 minutes. However, the Engineer backline was relentless throughout the course of the game and blocked a significant amount of Amherst shots.  

Karenna Groff had a key opportunity for the Engineers in the first half, coming within inches of putting MIT up one in the 32nd minute. A cross came in from the right side, landing at the feet of Groff who struck it off the right post and the ball went back into play.

The Purple & White came out strong in the second stanza. Within the first 40 seconds, Hayley Roy made a strong push up the left sideline and crossed the ball dangerously into the box. Roy's cross fell perfectly to Tamen who pocketed the decisive goal into the bottom right corner of the net for her 15th tally on the year.

Roy's assist marked her third on the season, while Tamen continued her dominant performance by recording at least one point in her seventh consecutive game.

With 15 minutes left to play, the Mammoths conceded a penalty kick to the Engineers. Sophomore goalkeeper  Antonia Tammaro came up huge for Amherst as she dove with outstretched hands to tip the ball just wide of the post, preserving the 1-0 win for the Purple & White.

Tammaro finished the day with nine saves and improved her record to 11-1-2. Lily Mueller was able to stop four out of the five shots, ending with a 17-3-3 record.