September 12, 2011

The Panther women’s soccer team fought to a 2-2 draw with host Tufts in the season and NESCAC opener on Saturday afternoon at Kraft Field. The Jumbos struck first in the 12th minute as senior Jamie Love-Nichols took a lead pass from first year Emma Husted-Sherman and delivered it home from the left side of the box into the top-left corner. The Jumbos led 1-0 at halftime.

            The match became a shoot-out in the second half with Middlebury tying it in the 67th minute off a corner kick from first-year Claire Nishioka (Wayland, Mass.) that was headed in by junior Rachel Madding (Hillsborough, Calif.).

            It did not take long for Tufts to reassume the lead as junior Alyssa Von Puttkammer drove one into the net from 30 yards out in the 71st minute.

            Middlebury would take advantage of another corner kick opportunity as this time Madding snuck the ball inside the near post with Nishioka picking up another helper in the 78th minute.

            Middlebury appeared to have won the game at the buzzer as junior Amy Schlueter (San Francisco, Calif.) floated a shot from the top of the box that beat the Tufts keeper. It slowly bounced into the goal, but it was determined that while the shot had taken place before the buzzer, the ball had crossed after time had expired.

            The best chance in the overtime periods came in the second session when Tufts senior Laney Siegner missed a header over the crossbar with the Panther keeper out of position.

            Sophomore goalkeeper Kristin Wright went the full 110 minutes for the Jumbos, recording two saves. Junior Jocelyn Remmert (Pelham, N.Y.) started in net for the Panthers, making two stops, before sophomore Elizabeth Foody (Ottawa, Ont.) took over in the second half and also stopped two shots.

            The Jumbos out-shot the Panthers 12-10, but Middlebury garnered six corner kicks and scored on two of them with Tufts coming up empty on its three opportunities.
• Women’s soccer record: 0-0-1    
• Up next: 9/17 vs. Colby – 11:00