Women's Soccer Headed To NCAA Sectional

November 15, 2004

11/15/04 - The Middlebury College women's soccer team, now in its third NCAA Tournament appearance, will travel to Oneonta State College in <?xml:namespace prefix = "st1" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />New York for an NCAA sectional this weekend. The Panthers last appeared in the '00 tourney, when they lost in the first round, prior to falling in the '97 quarterfinals. Middlebury enters the weekend with a 4-2 all-time record in NCAA play and a 15-0-3 overall mark, tying the school mark for most wins in a season.

NESCAC Coach of the Year Peter Kim leads the team into the weekend after an undefeated regular season. The Panthers earned the right to play in the tournament by getting an at-large bid after falling in the NESCAC Championship on penalty kicks after a 1-1 tie with Williams. Middlebury was ranked second in New England and 12th nationally in the latest Division III polls.

Last week, Middlebury picked up a pair of shutout wins in the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament on Dragone Field. NESCAC Player of the Year Brittany Cronin scored a pair of goals to lead the team to a 4-0 win over Simmons in the first round. Middlebury out shot Simmons 29-2 in the game, holding the upper hand throughout the contest. In the second round, Cronin scored her team-leading 19th goal of the season to lead the Panthers to a 2-0 win.

Middlebury led the NESCAC this season in goals/game (3.02) and team defense (0.42 goals/game). Brittany Cronin leads the team in goals (19) and points (42), both Middlebury single-season record. She also had four assists on the year, all of this coming in just 18 games.

Mayo Fujii has also been an offensive leader with 11 goals, while Caity Abshere paces the team in assists (4-8-16). Els Van Woert has been steady in the Middlebury net, sporting a league-leading 0.44 goals against average in 1,648 of 1,697 minutes this season. She also owns eight solo shutouts, with three shared.

Middlebury and Wheaton last met in a '00 NCAA Regional in Middlebury, where the Lyons earned a 3-2 win. The only other game in the series was a 1-0 Wheaton win in the '99 ECAC Championship.

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2004 NCAA Women's Soccer Sectionals

Saturday, November 20th - Oneonta State

Hamilton (15-1-1) vs. Oneonta St. (20-1-1) - 11:30 a.m.

Middlebury (15-0-3) vs. Wheaton (21-0-2) - 1:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 21st - Oneonta State

Quarterfinal game - 1:00 p.m.