November 8, 2010

            The Panther women's soccer team saw its season come to an end with a 2-0 loss at Williams in a NESCAC semifinal game played at Amherst. The Ephs (11-3-2) will take on the host Lord Jeffs Sunday at noon in the conference finals, while the Panthers end their season at 8-5-3.

            Sara Wild gave Williams a 1-0 lead with 16:33 remaining in the first half and Nicole Stenquist made it a 2-0 game with only 3:08 to play in regulation, as the Ephs maintained their pace of 2.00 goals per game, the highest average in the conference.

            Middlebury nearly opened the scoring in the 12th minute when senior Kirsten Lundquist (Boxford, Mass.) placed a corner kick to the far post. Sophomore Maddy Boston (Mill Valley, Calif.) made a great run and got a foot on the ball, but her deflection attempt went high.

            The game's first goal came after the Ephs were awarded a free kick from straightaway after a player was taken down just outside the box. Wild stepped up and delivered, crushing her shot past the Middlebury wall and through a crowd of players to make it a 1-0 game.

            Wild had a chance to pad the lead when Williams was awarded a penalty kick with 10:10 remaining in the first half, but her attempt missed high. Just 30 seconds later Annelise Snyder put a shot on goal for the Ephs, but Middlebury senior Lauryn Torch (Bronxville, N.Y.) was there to make the save.

            The final threat of the first half came with eight minutes remaining when Middlebury was awarded a free kick from 45 yards away on the right side. The Panthers had a chance to score when the ball was loose in the box, but Williams keeper Julia Schreiber smothered it to end the threat.

            The teams traded good scoring chances in the second half, but Torch and Schreiber continued to play well. With time running out in regulation and Middlebury making its final push, Williams took the wind out of the Panthers' sails by scoring with only 3:08 left on the clock. Hayley Cook sent a pass to Stenquist, who fired a perfectly-placed low liner to the far post from 30 yards out to make it a 2-0 game.

            Williams held a 12-8 advantage in shots, while Middlebury had a 4-2 edge in corner kicks. Torch made seven saves for the Panthers, with Schreiber stopping five shots to earn the shutout.
• Women's soccer final record: 8-5-3