Women's Soccer Prepares For NCAA Sectionals - Live Stats Available

November 14, 2006

For the second time in three years, the Middlebury women's soccer team has advanced to the NCAA sectionals. Middlebury will take on The College of New Jersey on Saturday at 11:00, while Amherst meets Endicott in the other sectional match-up at 1:30. The winners meet at 1:00 Sunday with a trip to the final four on the line. The games will take place at The College of New Jersey in Trenton, N.J.

Last weekend, the Panthers picked up a pair of NCAA Tournament wins in a regional hosted by W. Connecticut. Middlebury defeated Scranton 4-3 in overtime in a first-round match-up. Nora Tomlinson Weintraub scored the game-winner 7:51 into the extra session to give the Panthers the win. The goal was her second of the game to go along with an assist.

The next night, Middlebury earned a 3-2 win over the host school from W. Connecticut, who ended its season at 20-2-1. Caitrin Abshere scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner at the 77:53 mark of the contest.

Middlebury is making its fourth overall NCAA Tournament appearance, sporting a record of 6-3 in NCAA Tournament play. The Panthers advanced to the quarterfinals in '97, suffered a first-round loss in '00, while losing in the sectionals two years ago. Middlebury enters the weekend having tied the school record with 15 wins this season.

Middlebury earned its way into the NCAA Tournament with an automatic bid after defeating Amherst 1-0 in overtime for the 2006 NESCAC Championship. The NESCAC title was the second for the program, after winning the inaugural title in '00. Third-year head coach, and two-time NESCAC Coach of the Year, Peter Kim leads the team into the tournament with an overall record of 37-9-2 (.792) entering weekend play.

The Panthers opened the season with a 4-0 mark before going 2-2-1 over their next five games. Since an October 14th tie with Williams, the Panthers have won nine straight games, including five shutouts.

Middlebury ranks second in the NESCAC this season with a 0.81 goals against average. The Panthers have nine shutouts on the season, all earned by sophomore Adele Plunkett. The keeper is second in the NESCAC with a 0.81 GAA, while being forced to make just 5.0 saves/contest.

Leading the team in scoring this season is Nora Tomlinson Weintraub. The rookie tied the school record earlier this season with four goals in a game and currently paces the squad with nine goals. She also leads the team with six assists, while leading the Panthers with 24 points.

Abshere is next on the scoring list with six goals and five assists for 17 points on the season. She came up big with three goals and an assist last weekend at the NCAA Regional. Abshere is now the school's all-time leader with 24 assists, while ranking sixth with 60 points.

Senior Erin Oliver is third on the team with six goals and five assists for 17 points on the year. First-year player Lindsay Walker (5-4-14), senior Kim Walker (4-3-11) and sophomore Ashley Pfaff (3-5-11) round out the leading scorers.

Defensively, juniors Kim Kennedy and Elise Tarbi, along with first-year player Anjuli Demers have anchored the conference's best defense.


2006 NCAA Women's Soccer Sectional
Saturday, November 18th - The College of New Jersey - Trenton, N.J.
Middlebury (15-2-1) vs. The College of New Jersey (16-1-2) - 11:00 a.m.
Amherst (14-2-1) vs. Endicott (19-3-1) - 1:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 19th
Sectional Final - 1:00 p.m.