October 22, 2012

Middlebury head coach Peter Kim became the first women’s soccer coach in school history to earn 100 wins as the Panthers topped Bates 3-0. He now has a career record of 100-35-18 (.712) in his ninth season as the team’s head coach. With the win, the Panthers have locked up a NESCAC Quarterfinal home game on October 27th, following their regular season finale at Williams this Wednesday. A victory in Wednesday’s contest would give the 17th-ranked Panthers the top seed for the entire NESCAC Tournament.

Middlebury took a 1-0 lead late in the first half when junior Scarlett Kirk (San Francisco, Calif.) found sophomore Claire Nishioka (Wayland, Mass.) in the box, with a quick finish for her second of the season.

Middlebury kept coming with a great chance in the 56th minute, but a big save from Bates’ keeper Anabel Schmelz (5 saves) denied Kirk from point-blank range. Kirk saw another great shot on a header denied by Schmelz in the 61st minute, after a nice feed from rookie Hannah Robinson (Davidson, N.C.).

The Panthers made it a 2-0 game at 67:45, when Kirk broke through for her team-leading seventh of the season. Senior Rachel Madding (Hillsborough, Calif.) dribbled through the middle before making quick feed to Kirk, who finished from 10 yards out. The Panthers added a late goal when senior Hannah Newman (Merion Station, Pa.) converted a penalty kick for her first of the year.

The first half shots were even at 3-3, with Middlebury finishing with a 12-6 edge in the game. Senior Jocelyn Remmert (Pelham, N.Y.) made one save in the first 20:30 of play, while junior goalkeeper Elizabeth Foody (Ottawa, Ont.) earned the win with four saves in 69:30 of action for the Panthers.

Earlier in the week, Middlebury earned a 2-1 double overtime victory over Skidmore (3-8-1) on Dragone Field. Kirk scored the game-winner 102:30 into the contest, launching a ball into the top right side of the net from 25 yards out. The Panthers held a 19-6 shots advantage in the game, with nine of their shots going on goal.

            Middlebury opened the scoring just 2:10 into the contest when Kirk chipped a shot over the head of Skidmore goalkeeper Gab Lawrence from 10 yards out.

Skidmore had a great chance to tie in the 22nd minute, but Foody denied Kelsey Yam by deflecting her shot up and over the crossbar. On the ensuing corner kick, Michelle Finan served the ball to Yam, whose header went off the hands of Foody and just under the crossbar to tie the game at 1-1.

Middlebury turned up the pressure in the 50th minute, when Nishioka was denied by a diving save from Lawrence after a nice cross from senior Lucy Wagner (Austin, Texas). Minutes later, Madding nearly found the back of the net after a feed from sophomore Molly Parizeau (Wellesley, Mass.).

Neither team would threaten for the remainder of the game, forcing the contest into overtime. Foody finished with four saves to earn the win, while Lawrence made seven stops for the Thoroughbreds.

After figuring in four of the team’s five goals, Kirk was named the NESCAC Player of the Week.

• Women’s soccer record: 11-1-1

• Up next: 10/24 @ Williams, 10/27 – Host NESCAC Quarterfinals – 12:30