Middlebury

WOMEN'S SOCCER SUFFERS FIRST LOSS OF THE SEASON

October 12, 2009

The Middlebury College women's soccer team suffered its first loss of the season as the 15th ranked Panthers fell at #19 Amherst by a score of 6-1 on Hitchcock Field in Amherst, Mass. The Lord Jeffs improve to 6-2 (4-1 NESCAC) with the conference win, while Middlebury drops to 7-1 (5-1) with its first loss of the season.

While the loss was just the first of the season for the Panthers, it was also a stark contrast to the rest of Middlebury's results after opening the season with a school-record 7-0 mark, and allowing just two goals in seven games. Middlebury had shutout its last four opponents, and snapped a defensive scoreless streak of 492:34 with Amherst's first goal in the 31st minute.

That first goal came off the boot of Livia Rizzo on an unassisted score. After a long free kick ended in a bouncing ball in a crowd, Rizzo scored on a long strike from outside the 18-yard box. Amherst took a 2-0 lead just 78 seconds later, when Jackie Hirsch found Emily Little with a cross for a slotted shot past Panther junior goalie Lauryn Torch (Bronxville, N.Y.).

Amherst defender Jill Kochanek scored the first of her two goals on the day in the 48th minute off a Maureen Griffen corner kick. Amherst's Hannah Cooper finished off an assist from Little at the 52:25 mark, before Kochanek scored her second goal less than two minutes later off a feed from Meg Murphy.

The final Lord Jeff goal may have been the best of the day, as Kyla Woodhouse scored on a Griffen corner in the 65th minute. Woodhouse trapped the ball at the far post, cut back inside, and slammed a hard shot off the post with her left foot to put Amherst up 6-0.

Middlebury grabbed one goal back in the 73rd minute as senior Anne Ford (Dexter, Mich.) found classmate Lindsay Walker (Ridgewood, N.J.) on a corner kick for a well-placed shot to the bottom left corner.

Amherst goalies Allie Horwitz and Claire Bennett combined to make 10 saves, while Torch finished the game with seven stops for Middlebury.
. Women's soccer record: 7-1
. Up next: 10/14 @ Keene State - 6:30, 10/17 vs. Conn. College - 11:00