Women's Soccer Headed To NESCAC Final
November 5, 2004
11/6/04 - Middlebury kept its undefeated season going by pulling out a 1-0 overtime win over Connecticut College. The Panthers are the top seed in the tourney, while the Camels advanced as the seventh-seed after an upset of #2 Amherst last Sunday. Middlebury will host the NESCAC Championship game on Sunday at noon against Williams, a 1-0 winner over Bowdoin.
Connecticut College had a slight edge in the first half, holding a 7-5 shots advantage, with a handful of chances to score. Rachael Schefrin's great crossing pass was cut off by Middlebury goalkeeper Els Van Woert at the 24-minute mark to thwart the first real scoring chance. Schefrin's header after a free kick missed the target with seven minutes left in the half as the game entered the intermission at 0-0.
The Camels best chance may have come in the 66th minute when Van Woert made a diving save on Caeli Rubens before Kate Ashforth's shot went wide. The Panthers had a chance of their own with four minutes left, but Erin Oliver's attempt was cleared from the area by the Camels.
Just one minute into overtime, Brittany Cronin ripped a shot to the top right corner of the net that was stopped by a diving save from Paige Diamond. The ball sat on the goal line for a moment before it was cleared as Diamond had fallen back into the goal.
The game-winner came with just 2:47 left in the second overtime as a ball in the area skipped off the head of a defender, before Cronin took a quick straight-on shot from 10 yards away that found the back of the net.
Van Woert ended the game with eight saves, while Diamond had 11 stops for Connecticut.
Date: November 6, 2004
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Site: Middlebury, Vt.
TEAM 1 2 OT OT F
Conn. College (9-7) 0 0 0 0 0
Middlebury (13-0-2) 0 0 0 1 1
M - 2nd OT (1:07:13) - Brittany Cronin
Els Van Woert-M (1:07:13 min., 8 saves, 0 GA)
Paige Diamond-C (1:07:13, 11 saves, 1 GA)