October 8, 2012

Middlebury senior Maddy Boston (Mill Valley, Calif.) netted her first collegiate goal in the 11th minute, to lead seventh-ranked Middlebury to a 2-0 victory over Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), this evening in non-conference action from East Campus Stadium.

Middlebury capitalized on its first scoring chance of the game, when a deflected cross found Boston at the top of the RPI penalty area. Her left-footed strike curled into the top right corner of the net, giving the visitors a 1-0 advantage.

The Engineers had a chance to pull even in the 15th minute after a corner kick by Nikki Goodsell found its way to sophomore Taylor Korytko at the far post. Her shot from inside the six was partially blocked and then saved by Panther junior goalkeeper Elizabeth Foody (Ottawa, Ont.).

An RPI handball on cross at the top of the box gave the Panthers a penalty kick, which junior Scarlett Kirk (San Francisco, Calif.) finished into the bottom right corner of the net. The tally, which came in the 35th minute put Middlebury up 2-0.

RPI, which trailed at the half, despite a 7-3 edge in shots, opened the second half with a lot of pace, but couldn’t muster a goal.

In the 52nd minute, Rensselaer junior forward Sara Rothschild was played into the box on the right and ripped a high shot that was held nicely by Foody. Two minutes later Korytko headed a corner wide left from just outside the six yard box.

Rothschild sent a low cross through the goal mouth untouched in the 79th minute, before a Goodsell service was pushed wide by the shin of Sandy Kirk four minutes later.

Foody earned the win in net, making six saves, before being replaced by senior Jocelyn Remmert (Pelham, N.Y.) in the 67th minute of play. RPI goalie Steph Vargas fell for the first time this season, moving to 2-1.

Senior Amy Schlueter’s (San Francisco, Calif.) goal in the 68th minute would be all Middlebury needed as the seventh-ranked Panthers (8-0-1, 5-0-1) remained unbeaten with a 1-0 NESCAC win over Hamilton (6-2-1, 4-2-1).

Middlebury had a great chance to score in the 21st minute when Kirk’s shot from close-range was stopped by Liza Gergenti (6 saves), with the rebound nearly finding the back of the net. Hamilton had an opportunity of their own in the 37th minute in transition, but Alexandra Rimmer’s shot after a feed from Hannah Withiam went just wide.

The Panthers looked to take the lead early in the second half, but Kirk’s shot from 10 yards out hit the crossbar. Foody made her only save of the game in the 58th minute, stopping a direct shot from Becca Rees on a free kick.

Schlueter’s game winner came at the 68:33 mark, when she blasted a shot into the top right corner from 18 yards out after a restart. The goal was her second of the season and the 17th of her career. Middlebury ended the game with a 10-4 shots advantage as Foody earned the win.

Astrid Kempainen unloaded with a 25 yard blast for a goal in the 35th minute of action to lead Connecticut College to a stunning 1-0 shutout victory against the seventh-ranked and previously undefeated Middlebury on Sunday. The Camels improve their record 3-6-1 and are 1-6 in NESCAC play, while the Panthers fall to 8-1-1 with 5-1-1 mark in conference action.

Aina Torres assisted on the difference making goal, while Natalie Signor made six saves in the shutout win for the hosts. Foody made one save in the first half for Middlebury, while Remmert stopped two shots in relief duty.

• Women’s soccer record: 8-1-1

• Up next: 10/13 @ Trinity