Amherst, Mass. - Rubii Tamen (Washington, D.C.) scored once in each half to lead the No. 11-ranked Amherst College Mammoths to a 2-0 victory over the Trinity College Bantams on Tuesday night in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) women's soccer action at Gooding Field in Amherst. The Mammoths improve to 12-2-1 overall and lock up the No. 3 seed in the NESCAC Championship Tournament with a 7-2-1 conference record. Trinity falls to 5-6-3 on the year and is eliminated from the post-season with a 2-6-2 mark in league play.
After a back-and-forth affair for a majority of the first half, Amherst finally broke the scoreless tie in the 33rd minute on Tamen's first goal of the evening. The Mammoths earned a corner kick which was taken by Sophia Fikke (New York, N.Y.). Fikke placed a beautiful ball into the box that found the head of Tamen and sailed into the back of the net for the 1-0 lead.
Sophomore goalie Taylor O'Connor (Danvers, Mass.) came up clutch for Trinity in the 38th minute, making a full-extension save on a shot from Alexa Juarez (Hawthorn Woods, Ill.) to keep the game at 1-0. The Mammoths earned a corner as O'Connor's save went out of bounds, but Trinity's defense kept the danger away as the hosts took a one goal lead into the half.
The Mammoths wasted little time adding to their lead in the second half as Tamen found the back of the net again, this time in the 48th minute. Juarez controlled the ball near midfield and sent Tamen on a run, slipping a through-ball past the Bantam defense to a streaking Tamen who then buried a shot into the goal.
Trinity looked like it had a chance to cut into the deficit when junior Rhone O'Hara (Woodstock, Conn.) laced a shot from distance with 25 minutes left that looked primed for goal, but Amherst goalie Toni Tammaro (Lynnfield, Mass.) came up with the save to preserve the shutout. The Mammoths went the rest of the way without allowing a goal to pick up the 2-0 victory.