September 17, 2012

 The 10th-ranked Middlebury College women’s soccer team improved to 2-0 on the season with a 3-0 victory over Keene State (1-4) on Dragone Field. The Panthers held a 25-11 shots advantage in the game, scoring three second half goals en route to the victory.

            Keene’s Hayley Kenyon and Kara Pavlidis had chances in the first half, but both of their shots hit the crossbar. Middlebury came on strong later in the half when first-year player Hannah Robinson’s (Davidson, N.C.) shot was stopped by a diving save from Victoria Crenson (9 saves), while junior  Scarlett Kirk’s (San Francisco, Calif.) rebound attempt was denied as well. Kirk later saw a shot saved in the 33rd minute, while senior Rachel Madding’s (Hillsborough, Calif.) follow-up hit the post. The Panther’s best chance to score came with less than two minutes remaining in the half, when senior Hannah Newman’s (Merion Station, Pa.) blast was deflected  off the crossbar by a diving Crenson.

            Middlebury took a 1-0 lead less than a minute into the second half when Kirk quickly turned and shot from 15 yards out with some open space. The Panthers kept up the pressure, doubling their lead at the 63:05 mark on a penalty kick. Kirk was fouled in the area, setting up a blast to the bottom right corner by senior Amy Schlueter (San Francisco, Calif.) on the free kick for the 2-0 advantage.

            Keene came back with pressure in the 67th minute when a shot from Jessica Berthiaume hit the post. The Owls best chance to score was in the 69th minute, when Panther junior keeper Elizabeth Foody (Ottawa, Ont.) (4 saves) made a leaping one-handed deflection on a shot earmarked for the top right corner from Shannon Summers.

            Middlebury sealed the game at the 73:20 mark when sophomore Carter Talgo (Rye, N.Y.) fed a pass up to Robinson, who chipped the ball over Crenson from the left side.

Middlebury improved to 3-0 overall after a 3-0 victory at Colby in NESCAC play Saturday. Madding scored the lone goal of the first half at 28:12 when she took a pass from senior Maddy Boston (Mill Valley, Calif.) and scored on a long blast.

Robinson made it 2-0 at 65:36 of the contest with an assist from junior Julia Favorito (Winchester, Mass.). The Panthers finished the scoring when sophomore Ali Omsberg (Belgrade, Maine) tipped in a shot off a pass from the corner by Kirk.

Foody made one save to earn Middlebury's third shutout in three games.

• Women’s soccer record: 3-0

• Up next: 9/18 @ Plattsburgh, 9/22 vs. Bowdoin – 11:00, 9/23 vs. Amherst – 2:00