September 10, 2012

Middlebury scored two first half goals and never looked back, on its way to a 2-0 win over Tufts in the opener for both squads.

            Tufts had a good look five minutes into the contest, but Alina Okamoto’s shot was stopped by a save from Panther junior keeper Elizabeth Foody (Ottawa, Ont.).

            Tenth-ranked Middlebury took a 1-0 lead at the 14:33 mark when sophomore Moria Sloan (Bethesda, Md.) scored from sophomore Claire Nishioka (Wayland, Mass.). Sloan took a pass from Nishioka on the left side before launching a high shot over the head of Tufts keeper Phoebe Hanley and into the far corner of the net.

            Middlebury junior  Scarlett Kirk (San Francisco, Calif.) had a good look in the 25th minute, but her shot missed just left. The Panthers took a 2-0 lead at 35:04, when sophomore Carter Talgo (Rye, N.Y.) scored from inside that box after a quick touch pass from senior Hannah Newman (Merion Station, Pa.).

            Less than five minutes into the second half Kirk had another opportunity after a feed from Nishioka, but her shot hit the far post. Middlebury kept up the second half pressure with an 8-4 shots advantage (12-6 in the game), coming away with the shutout victory.

            Foody finished with four saves to earn the victory, while Hanley (2 saves) and Kristin Wright (1 save) split time for the Jumbos.

• Women’s soccer record: 1-0

• Up next: 9/12 vs. Keene – 4:00, 9/15 @ Colby