Hartford, Conn. – The Trinity College Bantams closed the 2019 women’s soccer season with a 4-1 setback against the visiting Amherst College Mammoths in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) action this evening on Trinity Soccer Field. Trinity finishes the year at 6-7-2 overall and 4-5-1 in the NESCAC, while seeing its four-game unbeaten streak (3-0-1) also come to an end. Amherst, ranked No. 21 in the nation, improves to 11-3-1 overall and 6-3-1 in the league. The Mammoths will play a NESCAC Championship Quarterfinal game on Saturday.
Trinity hung with Amherst in the first half, as sophomore goalkeeper Jen Stuart (Newburyport, Mass.) made eight saves to keep the game scoreless at the break despite a 12-to-0 shooting advantage by the visitors. Trinity applied some pressure twice in the first half, but was called offsides on both occasions. Stuart denied several decent bids by the Mammoths, including a breakaway opportunity by Amherst rookie Isabel Stern (New York, N.Y.) with just under eight minutes remaining in the first half.
The Mammoths broke through in the 47th minute when senior Sloan Askins (Pasadena, Calif.) converted on a bouncy cross by sophomore midfielder Ruby Hastie (New Rochelle, N.Y.). Amherst scored twice more in a 4:45 span, as Askins fed both sophomore forward Alex Juarez (Hawthorn Woods, Ill.) and junior midfielder Hannah Gustafson (Newbury, Mass.) for goals to make the score, 3-0, with 23:48 on the clock.
Junior Natalie Landau (Providence, R.I.) added a Mammoth goal in the 79th minute, while Trinity senior Katie Marlow-Benedick (Weston, Mass.) scored both her first of the year and the first goal against Amherst senior goalie Erica Sanders (Chevy Chase, Md.) this year with a blast from the left wing in the 84th minute. Sophomore forward Duun O’Hara (Woodstock, Conn.) provided a perfect rolling pass from the top of the box to earn an assist on the play. Stuart finished with 11 saves to end the year at 4-5-2, while Sanders improved to 6-0 but did not record a save.