Record-tying eight assists push women's soccer past Utica
The Hamilton College women’s soccer team (7-2-0) won its fourth straight game Wednesday afternoon, blanking visiting Utica 5-0 at Love Field. The Continentals, who tied a school record with eight assists in the victory, have won 13 straight non-conference games dating back to 2011.
The Continentals posted their second shutout in four days, outshooting the Pioneers 22-3. Halle Becker ’15 scored six points on two goals and two assists and Ali Clarke ’17 led Hamilton with three assists.
Hamilton's eight assists matched the total in an 8-0 win over North Carolina Wesleyan on Sept. 9, 2007.
Katja Dunlap ’18 scored her fifth goal in three games, opening the scoring in the eighth minute. Hannah Withiam ’16 sent a through pass from the right side that Becker dished to Dunlap, closing in on the net. Dunlap, who assisted on Hamilton’s second goal, has scored all 13 of her points in the past three games.
Dunlap picked up her assist seven minutes later by providing a cross to Becker, who volleyed the ball to Rachel Hirsch '15 in front of the net. Hirsch headed the ball in for her fourth goal of the year and third in the past two games.
Amanda Becker ’18 just beat the halftime buzzer with her second goal of the season as Clarke and Allie Penta ’16 picked up the assists.
Hamilton’s two second-half goals were scored by Halle Becker off Clarke assists, coming in a seven-minute span late in the period. Halle Becker’s two goals and two assists were both career-best totals. Clarke, who now has a team-leading five assists, is the first Continental to collect three in a game since Anne Graveley ’11 in a 2010 win over Utica.
Kelly Heimerle ’16 made four saves in goal for the Pioneers (4-4-1), who lost their third consecutive game.
Emily Dumont ’18 made two first-half saves to earn the win; Rachel Cooley ’18 didn’t face a shot on goal while playing the second half.
The Continentals lead the all-time series over Utica, 21-8-1. They’ve won five in a row over the Pioneers, outscoring them 23-0 in those games.
Hamilton returns to NESCAC competition on Saturday, Oct. 4, playing a noon game at nationally ranked No. 11 Amherst. Utica hosts Empire 8 rival St. John Fisher at 1 p.m. on Saturday.