November 1, 2010

            Fifth-seeded Middlebury picked up a 2-0 shutout win at fourth-seeded Trinity to advance to the NESCAC semifinals. The Panthers (8-4-3) will take on Williams at Amherst next Saturday at 1:30, while the host school meets Bates at 11:00 a.m. The Bantams end their season with a 7-4-3 mark.

            Middlebury got on the board early, when senior Nora Tomlinson-Weintraub (Burlingame, Calif.) took a waist-high pass from senior Drew Smith (Silver Spring, Md.) and one-timed the ball into the upper half of the goal left of Trinity keeper Lily Pepper from 12 yards out directly in front of the net.

            The Middlebury offense continued to provide the majority of the pressure in the first half, but the Bantams nearly tied the game late in the half when a header by Heather Lyhne sailed just over the cross bar.

            Trinity picked it up offensively in the second half, coming close to tying the score on a couple of occasions.  Caroline Washburne sent a direct kick from the top of the box just over the cross bar early in the second, after Katie Giberson had drawn a Panther foul, and Giberson blasted a shot from close on the left wing that caromed off the far post with just under 30 minutes remaining.

Middlebury nearly went ahead, 2-0, midway through the second half, when first-year player Scarlett Kirk (San Francisco, Calif.) got off a shot at an empty net from close range but Trinity's Shawna Altdorf stopped the ball short of the goal.

            In the 66th minute, Kirk received a pass ahead by rookie Julie Favorito (Winchester, Mass.) and dribbled by two Bantam defenders before beating Trinity keeper Emily Weedon low and to the right for a Middlebury insurance goal.

            Senior Lauryn Torch (Bronxville, N.Y.) recorded a shutout with four saves for the Panthers, while Pepper and Weedon combined to make three saves in the game.

            Middlebury ended its regular season with a 3-0 loss at Williams on Friday. After a scoreless first half, Williams scored three second half goals to earn the win. In the opening five minutes, Brett Eisenhart had two of the Ephs' three shots of the half.  The Middlebury attack was led by Kirk who recorded five of Middlebury's six shots of the half including a beautiful header that was saved by Julia Schreiber.  The save was the only of the game for Schreiber. 

            After a 0-0 first half, both teams came into the second half playing very aggressively.  In the 48th minute, Sara Wild took a corner kick from the left side.  Caitlyn Clark redirected the kick and the ball snuck into the net just over Torch's head and just under the crossbar for the first goal of the game.

            Just under eight minutes later, the Ephs finished again.  Bridget Gallagher crossed the ball from the right side through Torch's hands to Wild, who finished in the lower left corner.

            The Ephs found the back of the net for the third time with just under 26 minutes to play. Wild passed the ball from inside out wide to Tyler Rainer, who was near the left sideline.  Rainer hooked the ball into the far right corner of the net for the Ephs final goal of the game.

            Torch finished with four of her five saves on the day in the second half.  Eph goalie Laura Wann, who came in for Schreiber in the second half, had no saves.
• Women's soccer record: 8-4-3
• Up next: 11/6 vs. Williams @ Amherst - 1:30 (NESCAC semi's), 11/7 - Champ. - 12:00