Women's Soccer Falls In PK's In NESCAC Title Game
November 6, 2004
11/7/04 - Williams won its first NESCAC women's soccer championship with a 3-1 edge in penalty kicks after a 1-1 tie at Middlebury. The Ephs earn an automatic bid to the 2004 NCAA Tournament, while the Panthers will hope for an at-large bid when selections are announced on Sunday night.
Middlebury opened the scoring at 11:12 as Kim Walker headed in a corner kick off the foot of Laura Kwoh. Williams answered just 5:08 later as Hannah Stauffer redirected a free kick by Afton Johnson from 25 yards out. Those would be the game's only goals as the teams would battle for 93 scoreless minutes.
Each team had several good scoring opportunities throughout regulation, with neither able to capitalize. Elise Henson had an open look for Williams at the 19-minute mark, but her apparent goal was cleared away by Kwoh. The Panthers came back five minutes later as Caitlin Parker just missed an open net on a deflection after a feed from Brittany Cronin.
In the 70th minute, Jessie Freeman just missed a great look with a header for the Ephs after a pass from Alix Oliver. Middlebury had a solid chance of its own at 76:00 as a nice service ball from Kwoh was just missed by Allison Bell, who was going for the header.
In the first overtime, Christine Bolger came up big for the Middlebury defense as she cleared a loose ball away at the 93-minute mark after a shot from Brittany Esty. The game would remain scoreless throughout both overtimes, forcing the contest to be decided on penalty kicks.
Williams was first to shoot as goalkeeper Sarah Ginsberg converted with a shot to the bottom left corner. Ginsberg returned to the net to stop Middlebury's Caity Abshere with a diving save to the top left corner. Esty was next as she scored to the bottom left corner, before Ginsberg made another diving save to the left on Middlebury's Kim Kennedy. Oliver gave Williams a commanding 3-0 lead, before Cronin put Middlebury on the board with a shot to the bottom left corner. Els Van Woert made a nice diving save to her right on Lindsay Dwyer, keeping Middlebury's hopes alive in the fourth round. Their hopes would end quickly as Ginsberg made a save on a shot to the top right corner by Caitlin Fabian, to give the Ephs a 3-1 win in the penalty kick round.
Van Woert ended the game with four saves for Middlebury, while Ginsburg made five for the Ephs.
Date: November 7, 2004
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Site: Middlebury, Vt.
TEAM 1 2 OT OT F
Williams (9-5-3) 1 0 0 0 1
Middlebury (13-0-3) 1 0 0 0 1
M - 1st (11:12) - Kim Walker (Laura Kwoh)
W - 1st (16:20) - Hannah Stauffer (Afton Johnson)
Els Van Woert-M (110 min., 4 saves, 1 GA)
Sarah ginsburg-W (90 min., 6 saves, 1 GA)