October 31, 2011


            Middlebury sophomore Scarlett Kirk (San Francisco, Calif.) scored twice to lead the Panthers to a 2-0 win over Colby (7-7-2) in a NESCAC Quarterfinal contest on Dragone Field.

            Middlebury took a 1-0 lead 21:32 into the game when sophomore Julia Favorito (Winchester, Mass.) made a touch pass to Kirk after sophomore Sarah Noble (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.) had settled the ball in the midfield. Kirk beat a defender and then ripped a hard shot into the top right corner for the tally.

            The Panthers threatened on a corner kick in the 35th minute, but junior Colby Gibbs’ (Cheshire, Conn.) shot after the feed from junior Lucy Wagner (Austin, Texas) was deflected away. A free kick followed by Noble 10 minutes later, but Kirk’s header was saved by Colby keeper Emily Brook (six saves).

            Trailing 1-0 in the second half, the Mules came back with an early chance. Middlebury sophomore keeper Elizabeth Foody (Ottawa, Ont.) (2 saves), who came on in relief of junior Jocelyn Remmert (Pelham, N.Y.), was in a footrace with Colby’s Nikki Pickering to the ball in the 49th minute. Foody slid in to break up the play, as the ball squirted loose and was eventually cleared away by the Middlebury defense.

            Kirk appeared to have her second of the game on a corner kick header in the 58th minute, but Colby’s Grace Dickinson saved a goal with a header of her own.

            Brook kept her team in the game with a stop on a chance from Kirk to junior Hannah Newman (Merion Station, Pa.) in the 65th minute and with some help from Emily Moos, who cleared away an apparent goal from Kirk in the 78th minute.

            Kirk finally put the game away with just 4:08 remaining, scoring her team-leading 13th of the season. Gibbs played a nice ball over the Mule defense to Kirk, who won a footrace to the ball before scoring from inside the 18 on the left side.

Middlebury wrapped up the #2 seed for the NESCAC Tournament after a 1-0 shutout win over Williams on Wednesday.

            The game’s lone goal came at the 18:01 mark as junior Rachel Madding (Hillsborough, Calif.) earned her fourth of the year with the assist going to Favorito, her fourth. Favorito played the ball ahead to Madding as a defender and Williams’ keeper Laura Wann (7 saves) came out to challenge. Madding made a quick move around them both, firing a shot into an open net for the 1-0 advantage.

            Favorito fed Kirk early in the second half with a through pass, but Wann was able to clear the shot away. The Panthers had a nice opportunity in the 63rd minute when rookie Claire Nishioka (Wayland, Mass.) crossed to Favorito, with her header being saved. Middlebury kept coming in the 72nd minute, with Kirk’s header being stopped by Wann.

            The Ephs had a great chance shortly thereafter, with a through ball from Sachi Siegelman to Brett Eisenhart. Remmert (6 saves) was there to intercept the pass and deny the scoring opportunity. The Ephs best chance may have come with 10 minutes to play, as Remmert jumped to make a stop on a blast from Siegelman from inside the 18.

            Junior Amy Schlueter (San Francisco, Calif.) of Middlebury almost scored with a bicycle kick off the cross bar late, before Remmert thwarted the Eph’s final attempt, denying Chloe Kuh with a diving save in the 83rd minute.
• Women’s soccer record: 11-3-1   
• Up next: 11/5 vs. Williams @ Amherst – 1:30 (NESCAC Semi’s), 11/6 – Champ. – 12:00