Women's Soccer To Host NCAA Tournament Game
November 9, 2004
11/9/04 - The Middlebury College women's soccer team will make its third NCAA Tournament appearance this Wednesday, November 10th, when they host <?xml:namespace prefix = "st1" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Simmons College on Dragone Field at 1:00 p.m. The Panthers last appeared in the '00 tourney, when they lost in the first round, prior to falling in the '97 quarterfinals.
First-year head coach Peter Kim leads the team into the tournament 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. Middlebury is ranked second in New England and 12th nationally in the latest Division III polls.
Middlebury led the NESCAC this season in goals/game (3.12) and team defense (0.51 goals/game). Brittany Cronin leads the team and the NESCAC in goals, entering the game with 16 on the season, tying a Middlebury single-season record. She also had three assists for 35 points on the year, just one point shy of tying the school's single-season record of 36 held by Leah Cumsky-Whitlock in '01.
Mayo Fujii has also been an offensive leader with 11 goals, while Caity Abshere paces the team in assists (4-7-15). Els Van Woert has been steady in the Middlebury net, sporting a league-leading 0.53 goals against average in 1,362 of 1411 minutes this season.
Simmons enters the game with a 14-4 mark, earning their bid with a 1-0 win over W. New England in the GNAC (Great Northeast Athletic Conference) Championship game. Nicole Zielinski scored the game-winner for the Sharks 4:58 into overtime to propel them to the win. Zielinski is the team's leading scoring, while Kara Paglione adds support.
If the Panthers win the game, they will host the winner of the Keene St/Worcester State game on Saturday, November 13th at 1:00 p.m.
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2004 NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament
Wednesday, November 10th - Dragone Field
Simmons (14-4) @ Middlebury (13-0-3) - 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 13th
if win, host Keene/Worcester St. winner at 1:00 p.m.