September 20, 2010

Sophomore Amy Schlueter (San Francisco, Calif.) scored two goals in a 2:17 span in the second half to lead Middlebury (2-2-1) to a 2-0 victory over Skidmore (3-2-1) on Dragone Field Sunday. The shutout is the second of the season for the Panthers, while the loss snaps a four-game unbeaten streak for the Thoroughbreds.

            An evenly played first half saw each team with some chances, but neither able to capitalize. Middlebury controlled play in the second half, holding a 13-0 shots advantage in the contest. The Panthers started knocking on the door in the 60th minute, with senior Nora Tomlinson-Weintraub (Burlingame, Calif.) having some good looks. Their best chance came in the 69th minute when her rolling shot hit the far post and deflected wide.

            Middlebury broke through on a corner kick at the 70:05 mark, with Schlueter netting her first of the season. Tomlinson-Weintraub took the corner that found senior Annie Rowell (Craftsbury, Vt.) in the middle. Rowell's deflection was stopped by the Skidmore defense, before Schlueter bounced on the rebound for the goal. Just 2:17 later, Schlueter intercepted a pass, and ripped home a shot from 25 yards out on the right side to make it a 2-0 game.       

            Senior keeper Lauryn Torch (Bronxville, N.Y.) made six saves in the first half for Middlebury, while sophomore Jocelyn Remmert (Pelham, N.Y.) made one second half stop to earn the win. Meghan Sleezer made nine saves between the posts for Skidmore.

            On Saturday, the Panthers dropped their home-opener to Trinity (2-0-1), 2-0 on Dragone Field.

            Trinity took a 1-0 lead 14:40 into the first half, with a goal from Martha Dane. The ball squirted free 10 yards out, as Dane quickly gained some room and then stretched her leg for a quick shot that found the right corner of the net.

            The Bantams doubled their lead at 23:17, when Leigh Howard scored her third goal of the week. Dane fed Howard, who dribbled left in the box and scored with a shot off the left post from close-range.

            The Panthers had a great chance to answer just minutes later, but a scoring opportunity was ruled offside as the ensuing shot hit the crossbar. Middlebury's best chance to score came when Trinity keeper Emily Weedon came out to challenge rookie Scarlett Kirk (San Francisco, Calif.), stuffing her shot to keep the Panthers off the board.

            Middlebury held a 10-5 shots advantage in the game, but saw nine of them turned away by Weedon. Torch ended the contest with a pair of saves for the Panthers.



            Earlier in the week, Middlebury earned its first win of the season, picking up a 1-0 road victory at Rensselaer (2-2-1). Tomlinson-Weintraub broke open a scoreless game in the 74th minute as the 11th-ranked Panthers moved to 1-1-1 on the season.

            Senior Drew Smith (Silver Spring, Md.) started the play for Middlebury as she carried the ball down the left and chipped in a shot from 35-yards out to the far side. Tomlinson-Weintraub broke through a pair of RPI defenders and sent the pass into the left corner.

            RPI continued to pressure following the goal, sending a number of shots in on Panther netminder Elizabeth Foody (Ottawa, Ont.), who was seeing her first collegiate action. The Engineers best opportunity came in the 87th minute as rookie Sara Rothschild saw her quick shot go just wide on the equalizer attempt, unable to steer it inside the left post.

            Sophomore Shannon Maguire followed seconds later with a shot right at Foody, who was able to make the catch against her chest to preserve the one-goal lead for the visitors.

            As time ticked off the clock, RPI attempted to clear the ball into the Middlebury zone, but the Panthers held strong on the ball enroute to the win.

            It was a defensive battle to open the contest as the Panthers came out firing.  The visitors held an 11-3 advantage in shots as RPI goalie Stephanie Vargas made five stops.  RPI was able to get the ball on net in each of their three shots as Remmert had two saves, while the Panthers' defense picked up the other.

            Foody picked up the victory with four saves for Middlebury, which held just a 13-12 advantage in shots for the game.  RPI, which picked up nine of their shots in the second half to the Panthers' two, saw Vargas conclude the game with five saves. 
• Women's soccer record: 2-2-1                  
• Up next: 9/25 vs. Bowdoin - 11