October 19, 2009

The Middlebury College women's soccer team has clinched a NESCAC Quarterfinal home game after defeating Connecticut College 6-0 on Saturday. The Panthers scored four second half goals en route to the win, as junior Annie Rowell (Craftsbury, Vt.) and rookie Amy Schlueter (San Francisco, Calif.) scored two goals apiece to lead the team to the victory.

Rowell opened the scoring 8:21 into the game, finishing off a corner kick with a quick shot to the upper right corner after the ball was not cleared from the goal area. Schlueter made it a 2-0 game at 29:20 with a header after a quick flick from senior Anne Ford (Dexter, Mich.). The Camels had a great chance to score late in the half, but Jacqui Durand's free kick was denied by junior keeper Lauryn Torch (Bronxville, N.Y.), who deflected the shot over the crossbar.

Leading 2-0 at the intermission, the Panthers kept coming in the second half with four more tallies. Ford scored 6:36 into the half with a great header goal off a corner from senior Margaret Owen (Bozeman, Mont.). Rowell scored her team-leading seventh goal of the season in the 60th minute, carrying the ball in from the right wing before finding the back of the net.

Schlueter made it a 5-0 game with a rocket into the far post for her fifth of the year. Junior Caroline Downer (Stamford, Conn.) wrapped up the scoring with the first of her career, working a nice give-and-go play with sophomore Devin Perkins (Del Mar, Calif.).

Torch ended the game with three saves for her fifth shutout of the season, while Jenna Ross made 11 stops for the Camels.

Middlebury earned a 1-1 tie on the road, battling 110 minutes at Keene State on Wednesday night. Taking a lead pass from junior Drew Smith (Silver Spring, Md.), Rowell gave the Panthers a 1-0 lead a the 11:55 mark when she took a couple of dribbles and beat KSC goalie Megan Dempsey with a shot to the far corner. It was Rowell's team-leading seventh goal of the season.

The Panthers had a few great chances to score in the remainder of the first half, but could not take advantage. Shortly after the Rowell goal, Dempsey kept it a one goal game when she went up and tipped a shot by Owen over the crossbar. With eight minutes to play in the half, junior Kristen Lundquist (Boxford, Mass.) fired a shot off the left goal post as the Panthers took a 1-0 lead into the intermission.

The Owls picked up the pressure in the second half and got the equalizer when Joan Hamel converted a crossing ball from Katie Bradford at the 66:33 mark for her first collegiate goal.

Dempsey preserved the tie for KSC with a couple of big saves in the closing minute of play in the second overtime. She first stopped a close range shot by Owen with 59 seconds to go and a bid by rookie Hannah Newman (Merion Station, Pa.) with just 15 seconds to play.

Torch finished the game with three saves for the Panthers as Middlebury outshot KSC 10-5.
. Women's soccer record: 8-1-1
. Up next: 10/22 vs. Plattsburgh - 3:30, 10/24 @ Bates