Amherst rallies to edge women's soccer 2-1 in overtime

Katherine Nuckols made seven saves in her second career start between the pipes for the Bobcats on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017 against Amherst on Russell Street Field. (File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

LEWISTON, Maine -- Hannah Guzzi scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner in overtime to lead the visiting Amherst Mammoths past the Bates women's soccer team by a score of 2-1 Sunday afternoon on Russell Street Field.

In the overtime period, Bates did not record a shot. Meanwhile the Mammoths stayed on the attack, scoring the game-winner in the 96th minute. Kata Heffron and Lexy Cook each delivered quick passes and the ball ended up on the foot of Guzzi. Guzzi launched a shot from about 30 yards out that went in over the leaping Bates keeper, ending the match.

For most of the second half, it looked like the Bobcats (6-6-1, 2-5-1 NESCAC) would get the better of the Mammoths (7-5-1, 3-4-1 NESCAC) after sophomore Sarah DiPillo (Medway, Mass.) put the Bobcats on the board in the 51st minute. 

DiPillo's goal was set up by a great ball from senior Ainsley Jamieson (Scarborough, Maine) when Jamieson's shot from 30 yards out nearly found the back of the net. Amherst keeper Chelsea Cutler made a leaping save, tipping the ball off the crossbar. It deflected right to DiPillo, who finished with a shot past the diving Cutler to give Bates a 1-0 lead. The goal marked DiPillo's third of the season and Jamieson's first assist of the year. 

The goal followed a first half dominated by Amherst. The Mammoths recorded 12 shots in the first half and did not allow the Bobcats to get off a shot. But Bates first-year goalkeeper Katherine Nuckols (Los Angeles, Calif.) made five of her seven saves in the first half to keep the match scoreless. 

The second half was an even battle, with both squads recording seven shots and each keeper making a pair of saves.

Guzzi tallied the equalizer in the 86th minute. Lexy Cook beat Nuckols and managed to get the ball through to Guzzi on the right side of the net. Guzzi beat one defender and scored on the empty net to even the match at one. 

Neither team scored after that in regulation and the match went to overtime. 

The Bobcats got out-shot 22-7 on the afternoon. First-year Caroline Bogue (Glastonbury, Conn.) recorded two shots to pace Bates and Guzzi fired nine shots, four on goal, for the Mammoths. 

Bates is back in action Saturday morning when the Bobcats host the Middlebury Panthers on Russell Street Field at 11:00 a.m.