October 24, 2011

            Rookie Ali Omsberg's (Belgrade, Maine) first career goal in the 68th minute was all that Middlebury  needed to post a 1-0 NESCAC win over the Bates women's soccer team on Saturday at Russell Street Field. Middlebury (9-3-1, 6-2-1 NESCAC) snapped a three-game winning streak by Bates (5-5-2, 2-5-2 NESCAC).

            The Panthers controlled the majority of the game with precise passing and ball control. Middlebury outshot Bates 12-6 in the first half but had numerous attacks turned away by the Bobcat defense, leading to a scoreless draw after one period. Bates forward Tina Tobin created a big opportunity from close range but her shot went just wide of the Middlebury goal.

            The Panthers turned up their play in the second half to the tune of a 19-1 advantage in shots. With 22:34 left in the half, Omsberg collected a loose ball just inside the Bates box; the rookie put two touches on the ball before burying a shot past diving Bates goalkeeper Annie Burns for the eventual game-winner.

            Bates mounted an offensive effort late in the game but was unable to crack the Panther defense. Panther junior keeper Jocelyn Remmert (Pelham, N.Y.) earned the win as she had relieved sophomore Elizabeth Foody (Ottawa, Ont.) at halftime. Foody made three saves in the first half on the combined shutout.
• Women’s soccer record: 9-3-1    
• Up next: 10/26 vs. Williams – 2:00, 10/29 host TBA (NESCAC Quarterfinals)