October 17, 2011

            Junior Amy Schlueter (San Francisco, Calif.) redirected a pass from junior Lucy Wagner (Austin, Texas) for the game’s only goal at the 51:29 mark, as Middlebury earned a 1-0 victory over Trinity on Dragone Field. The win is the third straight for the Panthers, while the Bantams drop their fourth in a row.

            Trinity threatened in the 15th minute, as Jenny Ley fed Leigh Howard who was in a footrace with Panther junior keeper Jocelyn Remmert (Pelham, N.Y.), who came up with the save. Lily Pepper (five saves) made a save of her own in the 37th minute, outracing sophomore Julia Favorito (Winchester, Mass.) to the ball to stop a scoring opportunity.

            After winning a one-on-one battle in the 41st minute, Middlebury sophomore Scarlett Kirk (San Francisco, Calif.) took a low hard shot that was denied by Pepper.

            Schlueter’s game-winner came 6:29 into the second half, her fifth tally of the season. Trinity’s Katie Giberson had a nice shot on goal in the 60th minute, but missed high. Middlebury answered right back when Kirk took a feed from Schlueter before her shot to the left side was denied by a diving Pepper.

            The Panthers continued to have opportunities down the stretch, emerging with their fourth shutout victory of the season. Remmert finished with four saves in the first half, while sophomore Elizabeth Foody (Ottawa, Ont.) made two second half stops.

An early goal was all Middlebury needed in a hard-fought 1-0 win at Skidmore Wednesday night on Wachenheim Field. The Thoroughbreds fall to 9-4, while the Panthers snap a two-game losing streak to go to 7-3-1.

Skidmore came out strong with two shots on goal in the first five minutes, but the Panthers settled down and created their own chances.  In the ninth minute, Kirk rifled a shot toward an empty net for her team’s first scoring opportunity, but Skidmore defender Caty Sheridan quickly moved in to clear the ball off the line.

The Panthers kept the pressure on, getting on the board first at 19:11 when Schlueter fired home a rebound from two yards out. The play started with a senior Devin Perkins (Del Mar, Calif.) header that Thoroughbred goalie Megan Sleezer knocked down right to a waiting Schlueter.

The second half featured end-to-end play with both teams creating chances, but unable to finish.  

Skidmore held a 15-11 edge in shots, while Middlebury had a 5-1 corner advantage. Meghan Sleezer had five saves for the Thoroughbreds.  Remmert and Foody combined for the shutout with Remmert stopping five shots in the first half and Foody making two saves in the second. 
• Women’s soccer record: 8-3-1    
• Up next: 10/22 @ Bates