October 10, 2011

            The Middlebury College women’s soccer team saw its five-game winning streak come to an end as they fell to Rensselaer (4-6-1) 1-0 in overtime on Dragone Field.

            The game-winner came just 3:12 into overtime when leading scorer Sara Rothschild netted her sixth of the season. Rothschild drove to the goal from the right and then beat Middlebury junior keeper Jocelyn Remmert (Pelham, N.Y.) with a quick shot to the short side for the game-winner.

            The first half was played relatively even, with the Rensselaer holding a slim 9-7 shots advantage. Middlebury turned up the pressure in the second half with some solid scoring opportunities.

            After a nice cross by rookie Claire Nishioka (Wayland, Mass.) in the 52nd minute, junior Amy Schlueter (San Francisco, Calif.) had a shot on a rebound but the ball deflected off a Rensselaer defender and was cleared. Junior Lucy Wagner (Austin, Texas) sent a hard cross in from the right side in the 60th minute, with junior Rachel Madding (Hillsborough, Calif.) just missing an attempt on goal. The Panther’s best chance may have come in the 67th minute when Schlueter played a through ball to sophomore Scarlett Kirk (San Francisco, Calif.) who was one-on-one. Engineer keeper Deanna Amoia came out to challenge the pass and slid to deflect the ball away.

            Rensselaer came back with some pressure following Middlebury’s opportunities, but could not score as the game headed into overtime.

            Stephanie Vargas finished with four saves in 60 minutes for Rensselaer, while Amoia earned the win with a pair of saves. Remmert finished with five stops for the Panthers as her team held a 14-13 shots advantage.

Alyssa DiCosmo scored her first collegiate goal and Liza Gergenti  stopped all four shots she faced to lead Hamilton to a 1-0 win against Middlebury in a NESCAC game at Hamilton's Love Field on Saturday. Remmert made five saves for Middlebury, which has lost two straight games by 1-0 scores. The Panthers still lead the all-time series, 7-4-0, with this being the first meeting since 2002.

Middlebury had the best scoring chance in the first half as a shot by Madding banged off the crossbar in the 34th minute. The teams went to the break locked in a scoreless tie.

DiCosmo scored the game's lone goal 5:21 into the second half. Brady took a free kick on the right side of the field from about 25 yards out, played the ball to the far post and DiCosmo hammered a one-timer into the back of the net.

The Panthers had a great chance to tie the score in the 79th minute when Schlueter sent a crossing pass into the goal mouth. Brady was there to clear the ball away from the goal line for the Continentals.
• Women’s soccer record: 6-3-1    
• Up next: 10/12 @ Skidmore, 10/15 vs. Trinity – 2:00