October 18, 2010

            Neither team could score through 110 minutes of action, leaving Middlebury with a scoreless tie at Connecticut College. Senior Lauryn Torch (Bronxville, N.Y.) made six saves in goal for the Panthers, while Kirsten Manville made four stops for the Camels.

            The Camels improve to 4-3-3 and 0-3-3 in the NESCAC with the tie. The Panthers, ranked #4 in New England, had their five-game winning streak snapped with the draw and are 6-2-2 with a 3-2-1 mark in league play.

            Middlebury nearly got on the board in the 12th minute of action when first-year player Scarlett Kirk (San Francisco, Calif.) rifled a shot that was headed for some open real estate in the back of the net but Manville made a diving stab to push the ball out of play. 34 seconds later, the Panthers were on the doorstep again. Senior Katie Ruymann (Medford, N.J.) launched a shot from point blank range but Manville was able to hit the deck to make the stop.

            The Camels best shot in the opening half occurred with 18:30 to go. Brigi Palatino controlled the ball in the scoring box and fired a turnaround shot but Torch was able to come up with the stop.

In the second half, Manville and Kirk met again. This time, Kirk was right on top of the keeper with the ball. Manville came out to cut of the angle and was able to meet the shot with her body for the game-saving stop.

            In the closing moments of regulation, the Camels nearly came away with the win. Celia Alvarez fired a shot from near the 18 but her shot was saved by Torch near the goalpost.

            Middlebury out-shot the Camels 5-4 in the overtime sessions and 15-11 overall in the game.

            Earlier in the week, Middlebury earned a 4-0 victory over Keene State (9-4-2) in non-league action on Tuesday afternoon. Middlebury entered the game ranked fourth in the latest New England poll, while Keene State was in the ninth spot.

            Senior Annie Rowell (Craftsbury, Vt.) scored the only goal of the first half, taking a feed from senior Drew Smith (Silver Spring, Md.) before quickly spinning and firing a shot into the bottom left corner of the net.

            Middlebury took a 3-0 lead with a pair of goals from Kirk just 6:05 apart in the second half. The goals were her fourth and fifth of the year after earning a hat-trick Saturday in Middlebury's win over Amherst. The first of the pair came when rookie Julie Favorito (Winchester, Mass.) served the ball to senior Nora Tomlinson-Weintraub (Burlingame, Calif.), whose header was stopped by Keene State keeper Megan Dempsey. Kirk was there to bury the rebound at the 52:18 mark for a 2-0 advantage. Favorito set up the third goal, playing a nice through ball to Kirk at 58:23.

            Trailing 3-0, Keene State came back with some offensive pressure on the Panther net. A corner kick from Joan Hamel found its way to the far post where it was cleared away from the goal by sophomore Kendrick Campbell (Fraser, Colo.). Minutes later, a blast from Bridget Hennessey was tipped over the crossbar by sophomore Jocelyn Remmert (Pelham, N.Y.) to keep the shutout intact. Katie Bradford fed Melissa Dempsey with 13 minutes remaining, as her header sailed just over the crossbar.

            Middlebury scored the game's final goal at 68:58, when sophomore Hannah Newman (Merion Station, Pa.) converted a breakaway after a feed from senior Gabriela Curbelo-Zeidman (Brooklyn, N.Y.).

            Torch (5 saves), Remmert (2 saves) and rookie Elizabeth Foody (Ottawa, Ont.) (2 saves) combined for the shutout, while Dempsey made five stops for the Owls.
• Women's soccer record: 6-2-2
• Up next: 10/19 @ Wesleyan, 10/23 vs. Bates - 11:00