November 7, 2011


            The Middlebury College women’s soccer team will make its sixth NCAA Tournament appearance this weekend when they host an NCAA Regional. The Panthers will take on Lasell on Saturday, November 12th at 11:00 a.m., while Roger Williams meets The College of N.J. at 1:30 p.m. The winners will meet in the regional final on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.

            Middlebury finished in a scoreless tie with Williams in a NESCAC semifinal game played at Amherst. Winning a corner in the 14th minute, Williams’ Alison Magruder generated the game’s first scoring opportunity, heading a ball toward goal before it was cleared off the line by Panther first-year midfielder Claire Nishioka (Wayland, Mass.).

qMiddlebury responded by putting three shots on net over the next 22:17, prompting several Laura Wann saves. Continuing to push forward, Panther junior Lucy Wagner (Austin, Texas) played a cross from the right side into sophomore Scarlett Kirk (San Francisco, Calif.), but the sophomore headed the pass just wide right at 42:12 as both teams headed into the intermission scoreless.

            Hoping to break the deadlock, Williams’ Brett Eisenhart and Sachi Siegelman ripped a pair of shots within the first 10 minutes of the second, but neither attempt threatened the Middlebury net. Still 0-0 in the 64th minute, Magruder tested Panther sophomore keeper Elizabeth Foody (Ottawa, Ont.) with a rising shot, but the Ottawa, Ontario native made a diving save to keep the Ephs off the board.

            With Williams continuing to go on the offensive for the remainder of the half while outshooting Middlebury 5-0, Foody would need to make two more saves to send the game into a first overtime session.

            The Ephs continued to generate the lion’s share of chances in the first extra session, recording four more shots that required a pair of Foody stops. In the second overtime, Middlebury turned the tables, with Kirk forcing Wann to make a diving save in the 108th minute. Moments later, sophomore midfielder Julia Favorito (Winchester, Mass.) also tested Wann, but the Williams’ netminder smothered the try to send the game into penalty kicks.

            With each team starting out 1-for-2, Siegelman converted the Ephs’ third try before sophomore Sarah Noble (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.) helped Middlebury keep pace with a successful penalty kick. First-year Hana Tomozawa and sophomore Hayley Cook then buried Williams’ next two attempts, matching Middlebury’s rookie Moria Sloan (Bethesda, Md.) and junior Amy Schlueter (San Francisco, Calif.). Junior Chloe Kuh made it 5-4 Ephs with a successful sixth kick before the Panther senior Devin Perkins (Del Mar, Calif.) hit the crossbar, sealing Williams’ shootout win.

            The Ephs finished with a slim 16-14 shot advantage and a 6-2 edge in corners. Wann made five saves during the game’s four periods while Foody made six stops in the loss.
• Women’s soccer record: 11-3-2   
• Up next: 5/12 vs. Lasell – 11, TCNJ vs. R. Williams – 1:30, 5/13 – Regional Final - 1