Women's soccer loses heartbreaker to Amherst

Charlotte Cosgrove '13
Charlotte Cosgrove '13

Sarah Duffy '14 scored her seventh goal of the season with 12.8 seconds remaining in the second sudden-victory overtime period to give Amherst College a 2-1 win over Hamilton College in a NESCAC game at Hamilton's Love Field on Sept. 24.

Amherst (5-0-0 overall, 3-0-0 NESCAC) kept its unbeaten season intact.  Today's contest was the first-ever meeting between the two programs.

Hamilton (3-3-0, 1-2-0) got on the board first in the 21st minute when Charlotte Cosgrove '13 scored her second goal of the season.  Alex Rimmer '13 played the ball back to Cosgrove, whose blast from 25 yards glanced off the bottom of the crossbar and into the Amherst goal.

The Lord Jeffs equalized in the 42nd minute when Duffy's initial shot was saved by Hamilton goalkeeper Liza Gergenti '14, and Chloe McKenzie '14 put home the rebound. The goal was McKenzie's first of the year.

At the end of regulation the teams remained tied, and after a scoreless first overtime period, the game went to a final 10-minute overtime period.

Duffy's goal with just under 13 seconds remaining sealed the victory for Amherst. After dribbling through several Hamilton defenders, Duffy lofted a perfectly placed shot from the top right corner of the penalty area that sailed over the goalkeeper's head and into the Hamilton net.

Gergenti finished with 11 saves for the Continentals.  Amherst held a 20-12 shot advantage, while the Continentals took seven corner kicks to the Lord Jeffs' six.

Hamilton hosts Wesleyan University for a NESCAC game on Saturday, Sept. 25, at 12 p.m.

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