The first time the Amherst player throws it in off the Colby player's face, you figure it's an accident. Maybe trying to play it off her torso to herself? Whatever, she apologizes, and tries again. And then, bam, you realize you're watching a true NESCAC blood feud. Amherst defender Emily Little was assessed a yellow card for unsportsmanlike conduct, which seems eminently fair considering she twice did her best to obliterate Colby midfielder Maddie Tight's face.
The overheard comments from the spectators are the best—"Class act, classy act!"—not a surprise considering D-III athletics are usually only attended by family members of athletes. But one lady's sarcastic "Way to waste time!" gives us a clue as to what's going on here. Amherst was up 1-0 in the 89th minute, and at this point was just trying to run out the clock. If the ploy succeeded, Little would have repeatedly bounced the ball off of Tight and back out of bounds, ticking off valuable seconds. But twice was too much, and Little was assessed a yellow and Tight went down in pain—wasting time anyway.
Amherst hung on to win. Well played, heartless soccer lady.