Courtesy of Amherst Athletics
AMHERST, Mass. - Elizabeth Krouse's goal with five seconds remaining in the first half was enough for Dickinson to knock off Amherst, 1-0, in the second round of the 2019 NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Tournament on Sunday afternoon at Hitchcock Field.
The Mammoths bow out of their 18th NCAA Tournament appearance and finish their season with a 15-4-1 record. Dickinson advances to the third round and improves to 16-2-4.
Amherst controlled the tempo for the majority of the first half and totaled seven shots through the opening 30 minutes. Red Devils goalkeeper Carli Boyer was needed twice as Isabel Stern and Ruby Hastie placed shots inside of the frame, but Boyer was able to punch away both attempts.
With five seconds remaining in the first half, the game-winning breakthrough appeared as Krouse was able to score off a rebound goal off a set piece. Lauren Bracken sent in a curling ball to the middle of the box where a fight for possession ensued, with Meg Tate getting her foot on a shot that was blocked by the Mammoths defender. Ricocheting off Amherst, the ball fell to Sienna Zittle who passed it to Krouse who poked a shot past Sanders for her first goal on the season.
Heading into the half, Amherst and Dickinson were knotted at seven shots apiece while the Mammoths led 4-1 in corner kicks.
The Red Devils could only muster up one shot on goal in the final 45 minutes as the Mammoths were relentless in their attack, accruing six shots on goal and maintaining most of the possession in the second half.
Subbing back into the gaem in the 70th-minute mark, Natalie Landau fired a shot inches wide of the post before forcing Boyer to make two difficult saves in the 79th and 80th minute.
In the final 10 minutes of the game, Amherst had Dickinson pinned in its defensive zone. The Mammoths had three final shots on goal, but to no avail, as the final buzzer sounded.
The Mammoths held a distinct 24-10 advantage in shots with 17 in the second half alone. Sanders received her only loss on the 2019 season, finishing with a record of 10-1. Boyer tallied her 13th win on the year.
Amherst, the 2019 NESCAC Champions, finishes its season with 50 goals, 30 assists, and 15 shutouts.