Courtesy of Amherst Sports Information
The Mammoths finish their season with a record of 15-3-2 overall, while William Smith improves to 17-3-0.
The Herons maintained a significant share of the possession early on in the match, generating three corner kicks and two shots on goal in the first seven minutes.
First-year Sophia Fikke notched the best opportunity for the Mammoths in the first half as she launched a shot from 23 yards out, coming within inches of the crossbar but ultimately falling behind the frame.
The first score of the match came in the 20th minute when Williams Smith's leading scorer, Megan Barwick, pocketed her 10th goal of the season on a shot into the side netting off of a cross from Julia Keogh. It was Keogh's sixth assist on the year.
The Herons took the 1-0 into the break.
The Mammoths came out strong in the second half and broke through in the 50th minute as Rubii Tamen continued her streak of recording at least one point, for the eighth consecutive match. Maeve McNamara possessed the ball along the sideline and placed a perfect leading pass to Tamen who was cutting down the middle of the field. Tamen controlled the ball without a Heron in sight, striking her shot underneath the keeper to even the score at 1-1.
Antonia Tammaro proved to be an integral part in the match as she came up with a few key saves down the stretch. Late in the second half, Amherst fouled a William Smith player just outside the box. Merilyn Hinrichs stepped up for the Green & White, shooting a well-placed ball towards the top quarter of the frame that was corralled by Tammaro. Maialen Martinez's shot from distance, aimed at the far corner of the net, but Tammaro's outstretched hands were just enough to poke the ball off the frame and back into play, preserving the tie game.
A game that was leaning towards extra time was quickly changed when Keogh used her pace to weave through the Mammoth defense and score the decisive goal with two minutes remaining in the game and propel the Herons into the sectional final.
Tammaro finished with seven stops in net for Amherst, while Veronica Romines made seven saves for William Smith. Shot were also even at 14 apiece and the Herons had a slight edge in corner kicks, 4-2.